Point Park runs away from Thiel with five goals in the second half, 6-1
Oct. 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. ET
Gabriel Colombo had a goal and three assists in the win over Thiel. Photo by Evan Schall.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer team scored five goals in the second half to run away from Thiel College, 6-1, in a non-conference game Tuesday (Oct. 1) at Highmark Stadium.
With the win, Point Park (4-5-1, 0-0 KIAC) got its overall record back to a half game below .500 entering the start of Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Friday at Cincinnati Christian (7:30 p.m.).
Point Park and Thiel (5-5, 0-0 PAC) were tied at 1-1 at the half, but the Pioneers were able to take advantage of their opportunities in the second half for five goals.
Max Flick, a sophomore from Beaver Falls, Pa., led the attack with three goals, two of which came in the second half. Romida Nanko, a senior from Cameroon, came off the bench for two second-half goals, and the final tally came from Gabriel Colombo, who also had three assists.
Point Park had 18 shots in each half and enjoyed a 36-7 shot advantage for the game. And although the 18 shots in the first half resulted in just one goal, the 18 shots the final 45 minutes included some great finishing.
Thiel goalkeeper Andrew Hindman made 15 saves and made many outstanding stops to prevent even more goals from going in. But the Pioneers got to him as the game wore on.
Flick got the scoring started in the 16th minute on a nice through ball from Jonty Loukes and Colombo. Thiel got back into the game when Rory Duncan scored on a penalty kick in the 27th minute. A handball in the pentaly area resulted in the opportunity.
The Pioneers wasted little time doing away with the 1-1, halftime tie as Flick hammered home a rebound four minutes into the half. Nanko got the play started with a shot off the cross bar.
Nanko got his first goal of the year off an assist from Colombo in the 75th minute, and Flick made it 4-1 with a penalty shot in the 77th minute, his third goal of the game.
Nanko (87') and Colombo (90') added a pair of late goals to stretch the final margin to 6-1. Point Park goalkeeper Derrik Whiten made three saves and gave up just the penalty shot.