#2 Point Park loses at #1 Carlow, 1-0 (OT), in KIAC Tournament Finals
Nov. 10, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. ET
Point Park's Kristina Stammer in the game Oct. 24 at Carlow. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
CHESWICK, Pa. -- The best season in the history of Point Park University women's soccer game to a disappointing end Saturday night as the Pioneers lost at Carlow, 1-0, in overtime in the KIAC Women's Soccer Tournament Finals at Founders Field.
No. 2 seed Point Park ends its year at 10-8-1 overall, 4-1-1 KIAC. The eighth-year women's soccer program never won more than five games in any year before this season. No. 1 seed Carlow (15-2-1, 6-0-0 KIAC) qualifies for the NAIA national tournament, which begins Nov. 17.
After the teams played to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation, Carlow needed just 1:32 in the overtime to punch its ticket to the NAIA tourney. Amanda Cotherman got the game-winner in the 92nd minute.
Neither team had many chances as Carlow's five shots were only one more than Point Park's 4.
An overall young team for the Pioneers will return nine starters in 2013. The 2012 season was the first for Point Park under head coach Maggie Kuhn.
KIAC FINALS GAME PREVIEW
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University women's soccer will play for an NAIA national tournament bid at Carlow Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Finals at Founders Field.
#2 seed Point Park (10-7-1, 4-1-1 KIAC) and cross town rival #1 seed Carlow (13-1-1, 6-0-0 KIAC) will meet once again with a lot on the line this time. The winner will advance to the NAIA national tournament, which begins with the NAIA Opening Round Nov. 17 at campus sites.
Carlow, the KIAC regular season champion, was undefeated in the KIAC including a 1-0 home win over Point Park Oct. 24. Carlow has controlled the series with Point Park as the Pioneers have just one win in the last six meetings with the Celtics. Since 2008, Point Park is 1-4-1 versus Carlow.
The rivalry has included very close matches the last two years as both of last year's games in addition to this year's matchup have ended with the home team winning, 1-0.
Point Park advance to the finals with a 2-1 win over #3 seed Cincinnati Christian at Cupples Stadium Nov. 6. Carlow edged #4 seed Asbury, 1-0, at Founders Field in the other semifinal Nov. 6.
Stepping aside from the rivalry and coming together for a greater cause, Carlow and Point Park are teaming up for the program, 'We're Kicking In,' which will donate Hurrican Sandy relief supplies to the state of New Jersey.
Fans can be excused from paying admisison to the KIAC Finals if they bring Hurricane Sandy relief items. Supplies that are most in need are: Diapers, trash liners, latex gloves, coats for men and women, styrofoam cups, baby wipes, socks and underwear men, women and children, toilet paper, razors, shaving cream, tooth brushes and paste, batteries, sweat pants, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, dog and cat food.
All supplies will be donated directly to shelters in the North Jersey area. Carlow athletic director George Sliman and Carlow cross country coach Ashley Goodsell, who is a former PPU women's soccer player from New Jersey, initiated the program. Point Park has joined in the cause, and both schools will be collecting items through Nov. 17.
Address for Founders Field
101 Eisele Road
Cheswick, Pa. 15024