No. 22 Point Park wins fifth straight, a 4-0 win over W&J on Senior Night
Oct. 16, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Point Park men's soccer 2014 seniors (L to R): Khaled Zena (12), Derrik Whiten (GK), Jose Vaccarello (22), Lucas Silva (10), Jonty Loukes (8), Zach Fischer (1) and Gabriel Colombo (27). Photo by Patrick Fischer.
PITTSBURGH -- The script went perfectly for No. 21 Point Park University men's soccer in its Senior Night victory over Washington & Jefferson on Wednesday (Oct. 15) night at Highmark Stadium, a 4-0 victory for the Pioneers.
Point Park (9-2, 2-0 KIAC) started all seven of its seniors, three seniors scored, another added an assist and senior goalkeeper Derrik Whiten posted the shutout as the Pioneers bumped their record to 9-2 overall and set a new season high for most consecutive victories.
Point Park, ranked No. 22 in this week's NAIA Top 25 Poll, has won nine of its last 10 games with only a 1-0 loss to Geneva in between win streaks of four and five games.
Point Park started all seven seniors with Khaled Zena, Jose Vaccarello and Zach Fischer starting at midfield and Whiten starting in goal to join usual starters Jonty Loukes at midfield and Lucas Silva and Gabriel Colombo at forward.
With the seniors leading the way, Point Park jumped out to a 2-0 lead the first 23 minutes. Silva, a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and one of the NAIA Top 10 scoring leaders, now has 15 goals on the season after scoring in the 10th and 23rd minutes.
Zena assisted on Silva's first goal, and the second one came as a result of Matt Buckley's throw-in on the assist.
Point Park held an 11-3 shot advantage the first half, but W&J (5-8, 1-2 PAC) mounted some offense after halftime. Point Park still led in shots for the final 45 minutes, but it was much closer at 10-9.
But the Point Park defense held off W&J and posted its fourth shutout of the year and the third one in the current, five-game win streak. The Pioneers' defense has given up just two goals during the five-game streak, one of which was to No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) after Point Park led, 2-0.
Loukes put the game away in the 61st minute when he took Lucas Godinho's assist and finished on the 6-yard line. A third senior to score, joining Silva and Loukes, was Colombo in the 84th minute. Fellow natives of Brazil Cristian Mika and Silva set up their country mate Colombo in front of the goal for the score.
Whiten, a senior from Vandergrift, Pa., made five saves in 90 minutes to post his third shutout of the year. All three of the games he has started have been shutout wins.
Point Park's busy week continues Friday and Saturday with a road trip to play at St. Catharine (Ky.) on Friday at 2 p.m. and at Brescia (Ky.) for a KIAC game Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT). Those games finish up a stretch of five games in eight days, of which Point Park was won the first three.
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