Point Park gets non-conference win over Daemen, 2-1, at Century United
Sept. 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Point Park's Ousman Jaiteh gave Point Park a 2-0 lead with this header off a pass from Zach Rafalowski. Photo by Olivia DiYanni.
SOUTH PARK, Pa. -- Point Park University got a couple of second-half goals from reserves and beat Daemen College, 2-0, in a non-conference men's soccer game at Century United South Park Complex on Sunday.
Point Park (4-4, 3-0 KIAC) evened its overall record at .500 and won a non-conference game for the first time this year thanks to goals by Romida Nanko (55th minute) and Ousman Jaiteh (68th minute) in the second half.
Point Park had plenty of great chances in the first half with at least a half dozen or so coming in the first 20 minutes. But the scored remained 0-0 into the second half despite Point Park holding a 14-3 edge in shots and 7-0 edge in corner kicks the first 45 minutes.
That changed early in the second stanza when Nanko, a junior from Cameroon, beat Daemen goalkeeper Matt Daddario for the eventual game-winner. Nanko's third goal of the year came when Jonty Loukes fed the ball down the middle of the field, and Nanko slipped it past the keeper who came out to challenge.
Point Park padded its lead to 2-0 when Ousman Jaiteh, a junior from West Africa, put in his second goal of the year on a beautiful header. Freshman Zach Rafalowski, from Keystone Oaks High School, came down the right flank and put a great cross to the left post, where Jaiteh finished it.
Point Park held a 23-7 advantage in shots. Point Park goalkeepers Mitchell Kelman and Zak Borzovoy combined on the shutout. Kelman made five saves in 75 minutes, and Borzovoy had two saves in 15 minutes.
The Pioneers kept Daemen goalkeeper Daddario busy, particularly early on. He made 13 saves with nine coming in the first half. Of the Pioneers' 14 shots in the first half, nine were on goal. But Daddario turned them all away although he was fortunate that Point Park also hit a post and a cross bar before the half.
Point Park does not play an official game until Oct. 2 when it visits NCAA Division III Wittenberg. Point Park will host its Alumni Game on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Green Tree Park. The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. All Point Park soccer alumni -- men and women -- are welcome. Contact Point Park men's soccer Jeroen Walstra (firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-392-2231) to register.
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