Men push streak to 5 ahead of RSC play

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The men’s soccer team marched on with its fifth-straight win taking a 3-1 victory over Washington Adventist University (WAU) improving their record to 5-2 last Monday. The lone goal scored by WAU was the first goal given up by the Pioneers in 404 minutes of play.

Sophomore Marc Bentley opened the scoring in the 20th minute. WAU would go on to tie the game going into the half. Bentley scored his second of the match in the 65th minute. The pair of goals were Bentley’s third and fourth of the season.

“Scoring goals always feels good,” Bentley said. “But the most important thing is that the team is performing well and seeing the right results.”

Senior Alan Ramos scored his team-leading sixth goal just three minutes after Bentley’s second.

“I’m very proud of it because I try my best every day to keep scoring and help the team any way I can,” Ramos said. “The most important thing is that the team wins and I hope to keep contributing as much as possible.”

Goalkeepers Ryan Daniels and Juan Somoza split the time in net.  Daniels played the first half, giving up the lone goal against and Somoza took over for the second half.

While in net, Somoza had to face two penalty kicks in the last five minutes. He was able to stop them both, holding onto Point Park’s lead that would become the 3-1 final.

The Pioneers and WAU played a more aggressive game than usual. The two teams combined for a total of 14 yellow cards, eight of which taken by Point Park, and a red card a side.

“It was a more physical game than the one’s we have had so far,” junior Kakanou Fotie said. “Of course we wish to reduce the amount of cards we receive because they add up and can be costly in the future.”

Currently in the midst of a lengthy nine-day break, the Pioneers will now begin conference play starting Thursday when they hit the road to take on Asbury University.

The Pioneers are heading into conference play with one of the better records in the River States Conference.

“We’ve only conceded one goal in the last five games,” Bentley said. “And that is something we will work hard to continue moving into conference play.”

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