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M. Soccer Recap

Point Park gets big KIAC home win over Asbury (Ky.), 1-0, at Highmark Stadium

Oct. 12, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. ET

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Romida Nanko scored his third goal of the year in the 1-0 win over Asbury (Ky.).

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PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer team got a big, KIAC home win over Asbury (Ky.) University, 1-0, at Highmark Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Pioneers (7-5-1, 2-0 KIAC) remained unbeaten in conference play and stayed tied for first place in the KIAC with the slim win over Asbury (6-5, 1-2 KIAC). It was the fourth win in a row for Point Park, which is 2-0 KIAC along with Brescia (Ky.), next weekend's opponent.

In what was a rematch of last year's KIAC/GCAC Tournament Finals won by Point Park, the Pioneers got the only goal of the game Saturday when Romida Nanko ran under Jonty Loukes' long ball and put one by Asbury goalkeeper John Burns.

It was the third goal of the year for Nanko, and it came late in the first half in the 38th minute. Asbury actually had more opportunities with a 9-7 shot advantage the first 45 minutes, but it was the Pioneers who built the 1-0 lead at the break.

Both teams had chances the second half, and Point Park had more opportunities to increase the lead than Asbury did to tie. In particular, the Eagles' defense turned away three Point Park shots in a row from inside six yards with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Burns made 10 saves for Asbury, including a couple on Point Park forward Gabriel Colombo, to keep it 1-0. But it was Point Park keeper Derrik Whiten who registered the shutout with seven saves.

Point Park ended up with a 19-16 edge in shots with a 12-7 advantage the second half.

Point Park's next game is Wednesday at Washington & Jefferson at 7 p.m. The Pioneers return to KIAC action next Saturday at home to Brescia (Ky.) at 1 p.m.