Point Park stays close for 1st half, loses at #1 Lindsey Wilson in NAIA Opening Rd
Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Alex Sala scored a goal for Point Park in Saturday's loss at #1 Lindsey Wilson. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Point Park University stayed close with the top team in the country for 50 or so minutes but ended up losing, 7-2, to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College in the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round on Saturday.
Point Park (11-7-0, 4-0-0 KIAC) was down only 3-2 at halftime to No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson (20-1-0, 8-1-0 MSC). But the Blue Raiders, the No. 1 overall seed in the NAIA national tournament and the defending national champions made it a two-goal game with Lebogang Moloto's tally in the 52nd minute.
The host Blue Raiders extended things further later in the half as Philip Sandgren's second goal of the game at the 63:45 mark made it 7-2 and ended a stretch of three goals in the span of 3:15 for Lindsey Wilson.
Lindsey Wilson, which has won nine national titles since its program was started in 1990, moves on the NAIA National Championship final site in Montgomery, Ala. There, the Blue Raiders will meet No. 16 Corcordia (Ore.) in the round of 16.
The first 12:54 of the game featured a total of five goals combined between the two teams. LWC scored two goals the first five minutes by Albert Edwards (1:08) and Kirk DeBoer (5:07), but Point Park showed early on that it was not going to be a one-sided affair.
Matt Annecchiarico scored his 12th goal of the year at the 5:41 mark after taking an assist from Romida Nanko. Although the Blue Raiders rebuilt the two-goal lead at 3-1 on Yazeed Davids tally at 9:02, Alex Sala got Point Park within a goal with his sixth of the year at 12:54.
The score remained 3-2 the rest of the first half. To that point, LWC was out-shooting Point Park, 6-2, with both of Point Park's shots going for goals. The final total had shots in favor of the Blue Raiders, 18-9.
Mitchell Kelman played the first 85 minutes in goal for the Pioneers and made five saves. Freshman keeper Zak Borzovoy went in for the last five minutes.
Point Park ends the year 11-7 overall and one win shy from tying for the most wins in a single season in program history. The NAIA national tournament appearance was the first ever for the program, which had just two winning seasons prior to last year's 12-5-1 campaign.
The Point Park men's soccer program was established in 1989. Prior to last year, the only winning records came in 1998 (12-5) and 1996 (9-6). Point Park is 23-12-1 the last two years.
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