Houghton scores four goals in second half to beat Point Park, 4-0
Oct. 23, 2010
HOUGHTON, N.Y. -- Houghton College broke open a game that was scoreless for the first 45 minutes by racking up four goals in the second half on its way to a 4-0 victory over visiting Point Park University in an American Mideast Conference men's soccer game Saturday.
Houghton improved to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in the AMC while Point Park dropped under .500 for the first time this year at 7-8. The Pioneers are 2-5 in the AMC and have lost five in a row overall.
The Highlanders got the scoring going early in the second half. Mike Amico scored the game's first two goals, the first of which came on a header just 1:41 into the second half.
Point Park stayed within a goal until Amico made it a two-score margin with his tally in the 60th minute. The final score was stretched to 4-0 when Houghton added a pair of late goals, in the 84th and 88th minute, respectively.
Houghton held a 25-9 advantage in shots.
Point Park visits Mountain State for an NAIA, non-conference game Monday at 5 p.m. Mountain State won at Point Park, 3-0, last season.
The Pioneers' playoff hopes officially came to an end with Saturday's loss. With only one game remaining, which is next Saturday at home to NAIA No. 3 Notre Dame (OH), the Pioneers trail fourth-place Mt. Vernon Nazarene by four points in the standings. The top four teams make the playoffs, and each victory is worth three points.