PARKVILLE, Mo. - The final preparations for the start of American Midwest Conference play will take place this Saturday, September 9 as Park men's soccer travels to the University of St. Mary for a non-conference match at 7:30 p.m.
The Pirates (2-1-0) finish up the four-match slate of non-conference games this weekend in preparation for the opening conference contest next Wednesday, September 13 at St. Louis College of Pharmacy at 9:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
For the second-straight home contest, a late goal broke a 1-1 tie to give the Pirates a victory, this time a 2-1 win over Friends (Kan.) on Wednesday evening. Adeeb Qaisi (JR/Hebron, Palestine) headed in the game-winner for a 10-man Park side that held off the Falcons for 32 minutes after a red card. Thalu Masindi (JR/London, England) recorded seven saves to earn the win in goal.
Park has had its way in the all-time series with St. Mary, winning 10 of 11 previous matchups between the two teams. The teams did not play last season, but had clashed in non-conference play in the previous four seasons with the Pirates coming out on top in each match. The most previous contest finished 8-0 in favor of the Pirates on August 26, 2015 with six different players getting on the scoresheet.
ABOUT THE SPIRES
St. Mary has split its opening two matches of the season, opening with a 10-0 win over Ozark Christian (Mo.) before dropping a 3-1 decision to Avila (Mo.) on Wednesday. Branden Sanchez leads the team with five goals and 13 total shots recorded.
LEAVE IT LATE
In both Park victories thus far in 2017, the Pirates have shown an ability to find a goal late in the match to take the lead. In the opening match, Isaias De La Torre (SR/Dodge City, Kan.) scored at 81:58, while Qaisi headed in the winner against Friends at 85:41. The Pirates showed the same aptitude for late goals last season as the 2016 squad netted five times in the 80th minute or later in the final nine games (not including overtime).
ODDS AND ENDS
- Wednesday's victory over Friends was the fourth-straight for the Pirates against foes from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, the league in which St. Mary participates.
- Isaias De La Torre is the first Park player to score in the first three games of the season since Cyril Gadu recorded goals in five-straight games to open the 2015 campaign.
- The seven saves recorded by Thalu Masindi was his best single-game total since tallying nine stops against William Woods on Oct. 24, 2016.