Point Park improves to 10-2-1 with important shutout victory at Roberts Wesleyan
Oct. 15, 2011
Matt Annecchiarico scored two goals versus Roberts Wesleyan. Photo by Richard Finch.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Matt Annecchiarico scored two goals, and Point Park University made the most of its nine shots in a 3-0 victory at Roberts Wesleyan College in an American Mideast Conference men's soccer game Saturday.
The win improves the Pioneers to 10-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the AMC. It is just the second time in school history that Point Park has registered double-digit wins, and the 12-5 season in 1998 marks the record for wins in a season.
With the win, Point Park now has the upper hand in what may become a two-team race for the right to host the AMC playoff tournament Nov. 4-5. The Pioneers lead the playoff-eligible teams with 16 points in the standings while Roberts Wesleyan (7-7-1, 5-2 AMC) follows with 15 points. The next closest teams are Houghton with seven and Daemen with three.
Walsh is 7-0 AMC and has 21 points, but the Cavaliers are not eligible for the postseason because they are in year two of NCAA Division II provisional status.
Point Park and Roberts Wesleyan each have three conference game remaining, and the teams square off in the AMC finale Oct. 28 at Point Park. That game will be played at Cupples Stadium at 12 p.m.
Point Park has left on its AMC schedule games at Walsh and home to Daemen before facing Roberts at home. Roberts will play Houghton, Walsh and Point Park in its final three games.
Phil Malle got the eventual game-winning goal for Point Park on Saturday. The junior from Pittsburgh scored in the eighth minute to give the Pioneers the early lead. Annecchiarico tallied his first score of the day with 14:39 before the half for a 2-0 lead at the break.
Annecchiarico, a junior forward from Woodbridge, Ontario, put the game out of reach with his seventh goal of the year in the 63rd minute.
Point Park's three goals came on just nine shots and six of those were on goal. Roberts Wesleyan also had nine shots, and Point Park goalkeeper Mitchell Kelman made five saves for his sixth shutout of the year.
The AMC playoff tournament is a four-team, single-elimination event. There will be two semifinals on Nov. 4 and a final on Nov. 5, all of which are held at the regular season champion.