Seton Hill edges Point Park, 1-0, in non-conference game
The loss was the third in a row for Point Park, which dropped to 4-8 overall. Seton Hill improved to 7-5-1.
Seton Hill held a 16-8 advantage in shots and led in corner kicks, 7-2. It proved to be a corner on which the decisive play was made. From the right of the goalkeeper, Lauren Freeman lofted the corner kick to the far right post, where O'Leary was waiting for the diving header.
Point Park had a few chances with the best being Kristina Stammer's hard shot that went off the cross bar midway through the second half. The Pioneers had six of their eight shots go on target.
Point Park goalkeeper Anna Shaw made eights saves with seven coming in a busy second half. Eleven of the 16 shots she faced came after halftime.
Point Park had been 4-5 following a four-game winning streak, but the Pioneers are on a three-game slide that started with a loss to NAIA No. 13 Houghton Sept. 30 and continued with a defeat at nine-win Daemen in double-overtime Saturday.
Point Park must now refocus on AMC play with a crucial set of three conference road games coming up. The Pioneers visit nationally ranked Houghton Friday (5 p.m.) and travel to Roberts Wesleyan Saturday (5:30 p.m.). Point Park follows that up with a tough game at Walsh Oct. 18.
The Pioneers' have battled a tough schedule all year, and it has caught up with them the last three games. The eight teams to beat Point Park are a combined 62-31-3. Not including Marietta, which is 1-10-1, the other seven teams to defeat the Pioneers this year are 61-21-2 (.738).
It was announced Monday that Roberts Wesleyan will carry live internet video of the game versus Point Park on Friday. Links to the free, online broadcast will be on the Point Park website later in the week and at game time