Point Park University's Student-Run Newspaper

Point Park Globe

Daniels earns five-save shutout in debut

Men’s soccer team nets first win of season, hits road this week

Photo by Briana Nicole Walton
Junior forward Nawfel Bichiba keeps the ball away from a Siena Heights defender during Point Park’s first win of the regular season last Saturday. The Pioneers defeated the Saints 2-0 at Highmark Stadium.

Written By Nick Horwat, Copy Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The Point Park men’s soccer team was able to bounce back for a 2-0 win over Siena Heights on Saturday after dropping its first two games of the season. Both teams were coming into Saturday morning’s match with 0-2 records.

The Siena Heights Saints hail from the challenging Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The Pioneers got on the board 13 minutes into the contest when sophomore forward Roberto Whitley netted what would become the game-winning goal.

Point Park took a 1-0 lead into halftime and led in shots 11-6 at the midway point.

In the 72nd minute, freshman forward Mitchell Roell scored an athletic bicycle kick goal for the game’s second-and-final score.

The Pioneers collected four yellow cards and 14 fouls in the bout.

Junior goalkeeper Ryan Daniels made his Pioneers debut, starting at goalkeeper and posting a five-save shutout. Daniels transferred to Point Park from San Diego Mesa College.

“We come out here and work as a team and get the job done as a team,” Daniels said. “It’s never an individual player.”

Juan Somoza, a sophomore transfer who had started in net the previous two games and Daniels will be on rotation as the team’s goalkeeper throughout the season.

The team played with more confidence and promise than in the previous two games, as the Pioneers sent off 19 shots against the Saints. Point Park only managed eight shots in each of its first two losses.

“Before the game we could feel we were playing well together and it was going to be good,” Whitley said. “There was a bit of confidence from the start, this should give us confidence going forward, as well.”

The Pioneers look to keep up their strength of play in upcoming games.

“After losing two games we were kind of shut down,” junior midfielder Ricardo Dip said. “Today was a good win. They were a good team and we should keep up with the intensity.”

The Pioneers hit the road for the first time Wednesday, Sept. 13 to face off against Penn State-Beaver, then are back home Sept. 16 against Pikeville College.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Daniels earns five-save shutout in debut

    SPORTS

    Shutout streak strong

  • Daniels earns five-save shutout in debut

    Multimedia

    Golf season in full swing

  • Daniels earns five-save shutout in debut

    SPORTS

    Five-goal home opener nets season’s first win

  • Daniels earns five-save shutout in debut

    SPORTS

    Pioneers’ first Japanese-born athlete aims for pro career

  • SPORTS

    Volleyball goes winless on first RSC weekend

  • SPORTS

    Croup’s Corner – Hall of Fame class one of a kind

  • SPORTS

    Turner Broadcasting execs to talk social media

  • Daniels earns five-save shutout in debut

    SPORTS

    Versatile Reineke fitting in easily

  • Daniels earns five-save shutout in debut

    PHOTOS

    Rugby drops opening match

  • Daniels earns five-save shutout in debut

    SPORTS

    Volleyball rebounds on road after home opener