Soccer (M)

Patriots drop tough one to the Pioneers

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     The Patriot men’s soccer team (8-5, 4-2 MSC) dropped a tough one to the Point Park University Pioneers (10-2, 6-2 KIAC) over the weekend.

     The Pioneers were determined to get on the board first in the opening minute, but Ross Brown (Lincoln, England) came up with a huge block to keep the game scoreless. Brown would come up big again in the 10th minute when he blocked another shot. The Patriots would strike first in the 20th minute when Ashley Woods (Manchester, England) had a shot that was destined to find the back of the net, but was intentionally deflected by the defender’s hands for a hand ball. Since the hand ball occurred in the box, it was an automatic red card and a penalty kick. Woods would take the PK and was initially blocked by the Pioneers’ keeper, but right there on the rebound was Marvin Wesselburg (Essen, Germany) who put it in the back of the net from eight yards out to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead.

     The lead for the Patriots, however, was short lived as the Pioneers found an equalizer in the 28th minute to knot things up at one apiece. Woods had a chance in the 35th minute when his shot sailed high. The Pioneers would add to their lead in the 39th minute when Lucas Silva found the net for his first goal. Silva would strike again a minute later to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead heading into intermission.

     The Pioneers continued to pressure the Patriot defense in the second half as they had two opportunities in the 53rd minute, but CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.) made two key saves to keep the game intact. The Patriots would cut the lead to 3-2 in the 62nd minute when Ashley Woods found a cutting Max Bristow who found the back of the net from 10 yards out. The Patriots chances of a comeback faded in the 85th minute when Lucas Silva netted his third goal of the game to give the Pioneers the 4-2 win.

     Ashely Woods led the Patriot offense with four shots on the day. Max Bristow also tallied two shots for the match. The Pioneer offense was more aggressive as they outshot the Patriots 12-7. The match got rather testy at times as there were five cards handed out for the match. The Pioneers received a red card and three yellow cards. The Patriots were only given one yellow card for the match.

     The Patriots will return to action on Thursday, October 23, when they host Cincinnati Christian University at 7:30 PM.
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