Point Park men's soccer routs Pitt-Greensburg, 9-0, at Cupples Stadium
Sept. 7, 2011
The Point Park men's soccer team in a pre-game huddle Sept. 2. Photo courtesy Barbara Fischer.
PITTSBURGH -- Leading Pitt-Greensburg, 3-0, late in the first half Wednesday at Cupples Stadium, the Point Park University men's soccer team scored three goals in a little more than a minute to open up a route. The Pioneers (2-1) led, 6-0, at the half and went on to beat Pitt-Greesnburg, 9-0, in the non-conference game.
Lucas Silva, a freshman from Brazil, scored three goals to lead Point Park. Fellow freshman Wendelin Hobel, a native of Austria, had two goals and two assists. Alex Sala and Brett Gwosden each added a goal and an assist.
Pitt-Greensburg, an NCAA Division III school, dropped to 0-2 on the year.
The Pioneers were in control with the 3-0 lead before extending things further late in the first half. In a span of 68 seconds, Hobel scored in the 42nd and 43rd minutes. In between, the Pioneers were the beneficiary of an own goal after Anthoy Russo's shot deflected off a Pitt-Greensburg defender.
Silva scored two quick goals in the second half to register the hat trick, and Brett Gwodsen added the final tally in the 65th minute.
Scoring goals early on were Silva (15'), Alex Sala (16') and Shane Lucas (27'). Picking up assists in the game were Jack Pilkinton, Matt Annechiarico, Gwosden and Sala.
Point Park controlled the action throughout and held a 31-7 advantage in shots. Sophomore Mitchell Kelman got the start in goal and made two saves in the first half. He combined on the shutout with senior Reid Gustin, who had four saves in his debut as goalkeeper the second half.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday with a non-conference game at Westminster. Game time is 1 p.m.