Point Park advances to AMC Tournament Finals with win over Daemen, 3-2
Nov. 4, 2011
The Point Park defense battles Daemen in a game Oct. 22. Photo by Barbara Fischer.
SOUTH PARK, Pa. -- The Point Park University men's soccer team will play for the American Mideast Conference title on Saturday, Nov. 5 after beating Daemen College, 3-2, in the semifinals Friday afternoon at the Century United Complex in South Park.
The Pioneers, who are the top seed and the hosts of the four-team, single-elimination tournament, will face No. 2 seed Roberts Wesleyan (NY) in the championship Saturday at 1 p.m. The location is the Century United Complex.
With the win, Point Park (12-4-1) tied the school record for victories in a season and reached the AMC Finals for the first time since joining the league in 1999.
Point Park jumped out to a quick lead over Daemen and then held on for the victory. The Pioneers were ahead, 3-0, after 17:25 and Daemen scored both of its goals in the final 23 minutes before having its rally come up short.
Alex Sala, a junior midfielder from Austria, scored a season-high five points on the day for Point Park. Fans were barely settled in their sets when Sala gave Point Park a 1-0 lead just 21 seconds into the game. The All-AMC performer was set up for the goal by Jack Pilkinton.
Barely two minutes later, fellow Austrian midfielder Wendelin Hobel put Point Park up, 2-0, at the 2:40 mark. He was set up by his countryman Sala on the score.
Then, Sala made it a 3-0 game with his tally at the 17:25 mark. The goal developed after Pilkinton made a throw-in for his second assist of the day.
The game remained 3-0 until Daemen's top forward, Kyle Clifford scored twice in the second half. Clifford scored on a free kick from about 20 yards out to cut it to 3-1 in the 68th minute.
Later, Clifford got free for his AMC-leading 16th goal of the year with 19:01 remaining.
But the Point Park defense withstood Daemen's late push, returned its defensive starters to the game and held on for the win.
Poitn park held a 15-8 advantage in shots, and that included a 10-2 edge in its high-scoring first half.
Mitchell Kelman got the start in goal for Point Park, and the sophomore from Frederick, Md., made five saves in 90 minutes.
Point Park and Roberts Wesleyan split the season series with the home team losing both games. Point Park won, 3-0, at Roberts, and the Raiders won, 2-0, at Point Park.
Saturday's game can be followed live with a Live Blog via Cover It Live. Visit the Point Park athletic website for links to the live updates, which will include a current score interface, scoring updates and more.