2017 Men's Soccer
Record: 5-1-1 Home: 1-1-1 Away: 4-0 AAC: 0-1
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Freshman Juan Gomez (12) and junior Jeisson Palencia (7) each scored goals in Point's 9-2 win at Oakwood, Sept. 7
Oakwood University
Men's Soccer - Fri, Sep. 8, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Point University (4-0-1) led 3-1 at halftime and scored six times in the second half of a 9-2 victory at Oakwood University (0-3-0), in Thursday, Sept. 7 non-conference intercollegiate men's soccer action in Huntsville, Ala.  The Skyhawks outshot the Ambassadors overall, 41-5, and in shots on goal, 19-3.


The 2017 team, with its 4-0-1 record in the first time matches, has post the best record in its first five matches of any of the last six Point teams.  The 2016 squad began 4-1 in the first five matches and 5-1 in its first six.


With Point coming out of the pre-game warm-ups a bit flat, Oakwood surprised Point by scoring first in Thursday's match.  Midfielder Jesse Samuel lifted a chip shot over the head of Point goalkeeper Jacob Price (SR/Hereford, United Kingdom) at 19:51 of the first half.  Just five minutes later, freshman forward Juan Gomez (Malaga, Spain) tied the match at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season at 24:25 of the first half, and 57 seconds later, Point gained a 2-1 lead at 25:22 when sophomore forward Marvin Deans (St. Mary's, GA) capitalized on Oakwood's defensive mistake and fed junior Jeisson Palencia (Bogota, Colombia) for the go-ahead goal, his first of the season.


Point junior Amadeu Guimares (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) put Point ahead, 3-1, with his third goal of the season and first goal of the afternoon, taking an assist from freshman defender Rafael Freitas (Barreiro, Portugal) at 41:36, just before the halftime intermission.  Point outshot Oakwood in the first half, 24-3.


The Skyhawks spent just 39 seconds of the second 45-minute period building up to their fourth goal of the match.  Gomez fed his second assist of the season to senior forward Juan Domingo (Alto, GA) who scored his fourth goal of the season at 45:39, and Domingo assisted on Point's fifth goal at 61:48 which was scored by senior wing Jonatan Chavez (Santa Cruz, Bolivia), his first of the season.


Oakwood took advantage of a defensive error by Price, who came out of the goal and fell to the turf while trying to recover, thus leaving his net wide open for Oakwood's Kendrick Glasgow to cut into the Point lead, 5-2.  In his first action of the season, Price totaled one save on three Oakwood shots on goal in the match.


Point freshman Koen Vos (Budel, Netherlands) scored off a corner-kick assist by Chavez at 73:43, his first intercollegiate goal for a 6-2 lead, and just under five minutes later Guimaraes added his fourth goal of the season and second of the day at 78:21, with an assist by senior wing Thiago da Silva (Sao Paolo, Brazil), his first of the season, and da Silva made the score 8-2 with his first goal of the season off an assist from Guimaraes at 83:35.


With just two seconds left, Point's freshman midfielder Alan Bayon (Columbus, GA) was pulled down in the penalty area, and sophomore midfielder Khalil Toure (Mamako, Mali) converted the penalty kick for the 9-2 final score.


Domingo attempted six shots, with two on goal, Vos shot five times with four on goal, and Palencia finished with five shots, with one on goal.  Guimaraes totaled four shots, three on goal, and sophomore midfielder Christian Howell (Smiths Station, Ala.) attempted four shots with one on goal.


NEXT MATCHES:  Coached by Jonathan Lenarz, the Skyhawks next travel to Pensacola Christian College in Florida for a non-conference match, Saturday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. eastern time.