Point Park women drop narrow, 1-0 decision to Walsh in Kick Cancer Team Game
Sept. 11, 2011
CHESWICK, Pa. -- The Point Park University women's soccer team lost a narrow, 1-0 decision to Walsh Univesity in American Mideast Conference action Sunday at Founders Field.
A rather even game was scoreless at the half before Walsh's Carley Adams scored the only goal of the contest in the 50th minute. Point Park had trouble clearing the ball from inside the 18, and Gina Pinzone took advantage by setting up Adams with a nice feed straight away from the goal.
The loss drops Point Park to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the AMC. Walsh is 3-0 and 1-0 AMC. The contest was an AMC game in the sense that results versus Walsh will be considered for the regular season standings. But since Walsh is an NCAA Division II provisional member, it cannot be considered for AMC postseason play. Results versus Walsh will not count toward playoff qualification or seeding.
Point Park sophomore goalkeeper Anna Shaw played all 90 minutes. She faced 15 shots, made eight saves and allowed just the one goal.
Walsh held a 15-9 advantage in shots. The Cavaliers got nine of their 15 shots on goal, and Point Park had four of its shots on target.
Walsh's goal was the only real time that the Point Park defense was in any kind of danger. Most of their chances were turned away by the defense or handled by Shaw on her own.
Shortly after falling behind, 1-0, Point Park got a great chance when Megan Kuntz got free for a shot just outside the 18 and straight away. Kuntz's hard shot was stopped by Walsh goalkeeper Jillian Zanney, who reached out to the right for one of her four saves. The ball caught just enough of Zanney's upper arm for her to stop it.
In addition to being the home opener for Point Park, it was also the Pioneers' opportunity to host their "Kick Cancer Team Game." The Pioneers signed on with the nationwide effort, which is organized by the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
By joining the Kick Cancer Team, Point Park has teamed with the NFCR to raise money and awareness for cancer research. All proceeds from the game benefitted the NFCR.
Walsh has also signed on with the Kick Cancer Team, and will host a Kick Cancer Game when Point Park visits the Cavaliers on Oct. 18 (4 p.m.).
Point Park does not play a game again for almost two weeks. The Pioneers are off until their Sept. 24 home game versus new AMC member Fisher College. Fisher, from Boston, Mass., is in town for two games, with the second being Sept. 25.