Shippensburg shuts out Point Park men, 3-0, in non-conference game
Oct. 20, 2010
CHESWICK, Pa. -- Shippensburg University, the top team in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, shut out Point Park, 3-0, in a non-conference men's soccer game Wednesday afternoon at Founders Field.
Pictured: Point Park midfielder Alex Sala negotiates the ball through the Shippensburg defense.
Photo by Chelsey Engel.
Shippensburg (10-5 overall, 5-3 PSAC) grabbed an early lead when Dave Rostad scored two goals in the first 20 minutes, and the Red Raiders stifled Point Park (7-7, 2-4 AMC) for the duration.
Shippensburg, an NCAA Division II school, is in first place in the PSAC.
Coming off a tough, conference loss to Mt. Vernon Nazarene less than 24 hours earlier, Point Park fell behind early. The Pioneers had their AMC playoff hopes take a major hit with Tuesday's 3-2 loss in double OT, and they fell behind on Rostad's first strike in the 11th minute Wednesday.
In the 20th minute, Rostad gave the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead. The goal came off a corner kick in which Rostad was the second Shippensburg player to get a head on the ball.
The game remained 2-0 until Derrick Roy stretched the final margin to three goals with his score in the 88th minute.
Point Park starting goalkeeper Zeke O'Donnell (Butler, Pa./Butler) made 11 saves is 79 minutes, and the junior gave up the first two goals. Freshman Mitchell Kelman (Fredricks, Md./Tuscarora) finished out the game with one goal against and one save.
It was the third time this year that O'Donnell put up double digits saves. His season high was 12 saves at Roberts Wesleyan Saturday. O'Donnell, who is in his second year as a starter, made eight saves in a busy first half.
Shippensburg held a 21-10 advantage in shots and a 14-5 edge in shots on goal. The bigger Shippensburg team made 18 fouls compared to 11 for Point Park.
Point Park celebrated its Senior Day Wednesday, and the lone senior, Adelmo Palaza, was honored. The senior midfielder from West Homestead, Pa., and Steel Valley High School is a four-year member of the Pioneers, and he has played in 45 games in his career. He scored his only career goal in a 1-0, AMC win at Daemen Oct. 9.
Point Park has three games remaining on its schedule, and it will try to snap its current, four-game losing streak at Houghton Saturday. The AMC game kicks off at 4 p.m. At 7-7 overall, Point Park has a chance to turn in its first winning season since 1998 when it was 12-5.
The Pioneers' slim playoff hopes rest on winning their two remaining conference games and getting some help in the standings. Point Park is 2-4 in the AMC, and three of the league losses have come by a one-goal margin.