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Men's Soccer Recap

No. 23 Point Park routs Cincinnati Christian, 5-0, for another KIAC victory

Oct. 4, 2014

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Lucas Silva gets behind the defense for one of his three goals Saturday versus CCU. Photo by karen Mao.

BOX SCORE

PITTSBURGH -- No. 23 Point Park University men's soccer routed Cincinnati Christian, 5-0, in a KIAC home game on Saturday at Highmark Stadium.

The Pioneers (6-2, 2-0 KIAC) shook off any signs of rust following a two-week layoff and raced out to a 4-0, halftime lead. Point Park had not played since beating then-No. 7 Rio Grande in its KIAC opener Sept. 20.

Since then, Point Park broke into the NAIA Top 25 Poll for the first time in program history. Playing for the first time ever with a national ranking beside their name, the Pioneers left little doubt in Saturday's outcome.

Point Park senior Lucas Silva got the scoring parade started when he scored on a penalty kick in the third minute. It was the first of three goals on the day for Silva, who leads the Pioneers with eight goals in eight games on the year.

Silva made the score 2-0 in the 26th minute when he took a long, lead pass from Max Flick and broke away from the CCU (5-4, 0-1 KIAC) defense for another goal.

Silva then put the ball on net in the 31st minute, and although CCU goalkeeper Bryan McDowell deflected it momentarily, Paul Carr was there on the goalline to knock the ball in for a goal.

Maybe the best goal of the day for the Pioneers made it 4-0 at the half when Cristian Mika beat the defense down the right side and crossed into the 6-yard line for Alain Smit, who hammered home the pass for his first goal in a Point Park uniform.

Silva added a goal in the 68th minute for good measure and to register his hat trick. Smit assisted on the play.

Derrik Whiten got the start in goal for Point Park and came up with three saves in the shutout. Pont Park led in shots, 24-4, and had 12 of its shots go on target.

Point Park's next game is Oct. 11 at Shawnee State for an NAIA, non-conference matchup at 3 p.m.

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