Point Park women's soccer tops Carlow, 1-0, in AMC game at Founders Field
Sept. 27, 2011
Point Park captain Maeve Gallagher talks about the 1-0 win over Carlow in a post-game interview.
CHESWICK, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's soccer team picked up an important win over cross-town, American Mideast Conference rival Carlow University, 1-0, at Founders Field Tuesday night.
The victory improves Point Park to 3-5 overall and 3-1 in the AMC. With the loss, Carlow falls to 4-6 overall and 2-5 AMC. It was the third win in a row for the Pioneers, who are off to their best start ever in conference play.
Point Park got the only goal it needed in the 22nd minute when Kileigh Williams scored her team-leading fifth goal of the year. The sophomore forward from Marion, Ind., got an assist from Kristina Stammer, a sophomore midfielder from Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Point Park defense and goalkeeper Anna Shaw made the lone goal stand up even though the Pioneers had to play the last 47 minutes a player down. A red card late in the first half forced Point Park to play with 10 players the rest of the way.
Point Park held a 16-7 advantage in shots, and Shaw and the defense turned away a couple of good Carlow chances the last 20 minutes or so. The Celtics were getting together a corner kick in the game's final 10 seconds, but Point Park cleared the ball out of the zone as time expired.
Shaw made three saves in 90 minutes of action. It was the first shutout of the year in which she went the distance.
Point Park had a 10-3 advantage in shots in the first half alone. The Point Park forwards got free on long runs several times and were on the receiving end of some nice balls sent down the field. Point Park eventually cracked the defense on Williams' goal.
Point Park will step out of conference on Wednesday when it hosts Salem International. Game time at Founders Field is 4 p.m.
The Pioneers have a big conference game coming up Friday versus NAIA #13 Houghton (7-1). The Highlanders, traditionally the top team in AMC women's soccer, will visit Point Park at 10 a.m. that day, and the game will be played a Cupples Stadium, located at 9th and Carson streets in the South Side.