Point Park shuts out Brescia (Ky.), 6-0, in KIAC/GCAC Tournament semifinals
Nov. 7, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Gabriel Colombo had two goals and an assist in the semifinal win over Brescia (Ky.). Photo by Evan Schall.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer team had its full set of skills on display Thursday night with a 6-0, shutout win over visiting Brescia (Ky.) University in the KIAC/GCAC Unaffiliated Men's Soccer Tournament semifinals at Highmark Stadium.
Point Park (11-6-1, 4-1-1 KIAC) had five different players score a goal and won for the eighth time in its past nine games to advance to the conference tournament finals Saturday at home versus Asbury (Ky.) University (1 p.m.).
Not only did the Pioneers have plenty of offense and playmaking on display, they also played good defense to pick up their fifth shutout of the year, and the fifth one in their past nine games.
The tournament is a six-team, single-elimination event made up of five teams from the KIAC and also Talladega (Ala.) of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. The leagues have come together to form the Unaffiliated Tournament, which will be awarded an NAIA national tournament bid to its champion by the national office.
No. 1 seed Point Park had a bye to the semifinals, and it will host No. 3 seed Asbury (Ky.) (11-7, 2-2 KIAC) for the finals Sat., Nov. 9. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Highmark Stadium. The winner will advance to the NAIA national tourney beginning Nov. 23 at campus sites.
It is the second year in a row that Point Park and Asbury are meeting in the Unaffiliated Tournament finals. Point Park won last year, 5-4, to reached its first-ever national tournament and win a conference title for the first time.
Asbury won at No. 2 seed Talladega (Ala.), 7-2, in the other semifinal on Thursday. The game was 0-0 at the half before the Eagles' offense came alive for the convincing win.
Point Park and No. 4 seed Brescia (6-11, 3-1 KIAC) were in a tight, scoreless battle for 28 minutes on Thursday before Point Park got the scoring started. Freshman Troy Dolanch netted the first goal after some sharp passing just outside the top of the 18 by Jonty Loukes and Lucas Silva opened things up.
Up 1-0, Point Park made it 2-0 at the half when sophomore Marius Seager banged home a cross from Silva for his first goal of the year. The Pioneers held a 12-2 advantage in shots the first 45 minutes, and they were just getting started.
The Pioneers tacked on four more goals in the second half with Gabriel Colombo notching two scores. The junior from Brazil lobbed a shot over Brescia keeper Connor Braun for a 3-0 lead n the 57th minute, and he also scored on a free kick taken by himself in the 88th minute.
In between, Romida Nanko beat a defender on a long ball from Loukes and then beat Braun, the goalkeeper, in the 63rd minute. Loukes then got in on the scoring with a goal to add to his two assists just three minutes after Nanko's tally.
Colombo led the scoring with two goals and one assist, all in the second half. Loukes' goal and two assists came alongside a goal and an assist from Dolanch and two assists for Silva.
Point Park ended up with a 31-4 advantage in shots. Brescia keeper Braun was kept busy with 18 shots on goal, and made 12 saves. Derrik Whiten made one save in 83 minutes before giving way to Zak Borzovoy for the last seven minutes and one save.
Saturday's KIAC/GCAC Unaffiliated Tournament Finals games between No. 1 Point Park and No. 3 Asbury will be broadcast live on the Point Park Sports Network with live video at iHigh.com WATCH LIVE
Game Admission price will be $5 for adults, $3 for students and Free with Point Park ID (Students/Faculty/Staff). All tickets are General Admission and must be purchased at the Highmark Stadium Ticket Window before the game.