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Point Park Men Open Season With 2-1 OT Win Over W&J  #PGHSoccer 

Point Park’s Roberto Whitley (9) holds the ball versus Alex Bout’s tackle for W&J. Photo by Sam Robinson.


From Point Park University report
PITTSBURGH — Alan Ramos scored 31 seconds into the first overtime period to give Point Park University men’s soccer a 2-1 victory over visiting Washington & Jefferson College in its season opener on Thursday night at Highmark Stadium. 
Ramos’ tally made quick work of the overtime, which came about when W&J scored in the 83rd minute to force the extra period. 
Point Park (1-0) had a 1-0 lead on Roberto Whitley’s goal in the 23rd minute. The freshman from Liverpool, England, headed in a cross on the right post from Rejep Mukhammedov. Also assisting on the play was Nathanael Van Der Walt. 
The Pioneers held onto the 1-0 lead for 60 minutes until Dwight Donis tied things up with a long-range shot. Donis’ goal came after a free kick when Point Park took a penalty just to the outside of the box. 
It didn’t take long in the overtime to end things. The Pioneers worked the ball up the right side, and Troy Dolanch’s cross found Ramos near the 6-yard line. With a running header, Ramos beat the defense and found the back of the net. 
Point Park will have a short turnaround before its next game. The Pioneers visit Marygrove (Mich.) on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Pioneers beat Marygrove at home, 1-0, in 2015 when Ramos scored in double overtime. 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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