Schnecky’ continues to make major goals

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 Freshman Manuel Schneckenreither scored both of Point Park University men’s soccer goals in a 2-1 conference win against Walsh University. This was Schneckenreither’s third two-goal game of the year, the first coming against Thiel College earlier in the season and the second this past Tuesday in a 3-0 win against Westminster College.  The goals gave him the team high of seven goals and 14 points, just passing sophomore Francis Tabi with five goals and 13 points on the season.  Both players have helped the Pioneers out score their opponents 22 goals to an allowed nine. In the win on Friday at Founders Field, the first goal came from a free kick by sophomore midfielder Alex Sala in the third minute of the game.  Sala took a free kick from 20 yards out and found Schneckenreither, giving the Pioneers an early lead.  Point Park held on until the 79th minute when Walsh’s Jordan Semple scored on a pass placed behind the Point Park defense by Walsh’s George Moga.  Five minutes later, Schneckenreither, exploited a rebound off of Mike Kelley, Walsh’s goalkeeper, to score the winning goal for the Pioneers. Point Park’s junior goalkeeper, Zeke O’Donnell, faced a total of 13 shots from the Walsh offense, letting only one goal slip by.  O’Donnell has only let in eight of the nine goals Point Park has allowed and has 24 saves for the season.  Walsh out shot Point Park by only one goal, yet the Pioneers were able to put two goals past Walsh’s Kelley.  Walsh’s Cavaliers began Friday’s game having given up one goal or less in five of their last six games. Point Park’s win is an improvement from the team’s record last year in the American Mideast Conference of 0-8-1, and broke a 12-game conference losing streak for the Pioneers.  The last conference win came in Oct. 2008 with a home win over Malone University. The Pioneers have improved to a record of 3-0 on their home turf.  This puts their overall record at 5-1 so far this season.  The team’s only loss came against the non-conference Geneva College team with a score of 4-1 on Sept. 8.Point Park has a break before its next game on Sept. 25 at Ohio Valley University at 1 p.m.  The next conference game is against Malone University at Founders Field on Sept, 28 at 7p.m.

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