Tabi's hat trick powers Pioneers past Wittenberg, 4-2, in non-conference game
Oct. 2, 2012
Francis Tabi (8), pictured in a home game vs. Daemen, had a hat trick on Tuesday. Photo by Olivia DiYanni.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Francis Tabi recorded a hat trick to power the Point Park University men's soccer team to a 4-2 victory at non-conference Wittenberg University on Tuesday night.
Tabi scored the final two goals of the game, including the eventual game-winner to give the Pioneers (5-4-0, 3-0-0 KIAC) a 3-2 lead in the 40th minute.
Point Park carried its 3-2 lead into the break after a busy first half offensively. Tabi, a senior forward from Ghana, scored his third goal of the game in the 60th minute to pad the lead to 4-2 over Wittenberg (5-5-2).
It was the second win in a row for Point Park, which won for just the second time this year when giving up the first goal of the game. The Pioneers had been 3-0 when scoring first and 1-4 when going down 1-0.
Had that trend held true to form, the final outcome would have been decided early as Wittenberg's Marshall Rowland scored off a nice cross just 4:44 after kickoff.
But Point Park also had some early scoring. Tabi scored off an assist from Matt Annecchiarico after just 5:33 had expired to quickly knot the score at 1-1. In the 14th minute, Annecchiarico was set up for a goal by Alex Sala for a 2-1 lead.
Although the Tigers' Daniel Broidy scored an unassisted goal in the 29th minute to make it 2-2, Tabi struck with just under six minutes to play in the half to give the Pioneers the momentum.
Tabi now has the team lead with six goals on the year. His final two tallies on Tuesday were both assisted by Frazer McKinlay, who leads the Pioneers in that department with four.
The Pioneers made the most of their shots that went on target as four of their six shots on goal found the back of the net. Wittenberg held a 15-13 in shots overall. Tabi ended up with eight shots (4 four goal).
Point Park goalkeeper Mitchell Kelman, a senior from Frederick, Md., made six saves in going all 90 minutes.
Point Park's next game is Friday at Salem International (5 p.m.). The Pioneers have a quick turnaround after that one as they play host to KIAC opponent Cincinnati Christian on Saturday. The game time versus CCU has been moved up 30 minutes to 1:30 p.m.
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