Second Half Push Not Enough for Men's Soccer v. Point Park
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Eagles's men's soccer team had a flurry of chances in the second half Saturday, but couldn't find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to KIAC opponent Point Park. The loss dropps Asbury to 6-5 on the season, but more importantly to 1-2 in the KIAC.
In what is possibly a preview of another game yet to come this season, the Pioneers and Eagles battled from the opening whistle, with each team garnering numerous opportunities to be the first to strike.
A stalwart effort between the pipes from John Burns (10 saves) kept the game within reach for the Eagles for most of the game despite a goal by Point Park in the 38th minute-- which also proved to be the only score of the contest.
Burns' biggest save of the day came midway through a second half which seemingly tilted the pitch toward the Pioneer goal for a majority of the 45 minutes. A series of passes from the attacking forwards for the Pioneers pinned Burns in a one-on-one opportunity for the hosts. Burns came up huge for the Eagles with a quick dive to his left, sending the ball just outside the right post and preserving the one goal deficit.
On the opposite side of the pitch, the Eagles had opportunities-- and others that could have been. An uproar erupted from the bench with just over 23 minutes remaining as Jesse Peterson was taken down inside the attacking 18 with no acknowledgement from the head official. The official waved his hands in disagreement with the Eagles bench while the Pioneers escaped what could have been a PK opportunity for the Eagles with a chance to knot the score at one.
The final 23 minutes had much of the same for the Eagles. Zach Welch sent a shot of the cross bar from just outside the box and Hunter Dean made a long run from his defensive back position, manuevered around three defenders and found himself standing within 10 yards of the goal only to have his shot saved by the opposing goalkeeper.
The Eagles' attacking core put seven shots on goal over the course of the game, but all seven were staved off by the Pioneers' keeper.
The Eagles finish their conference schedule on Tuesday as they travel to take on Cincinnati Christian. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
More on this story to come...