PARKVILLE, Mo. - The 11-game march toward a conference championship begins for Park University men's soccer on Wednesday, September 13 when the Pirates begin American Midwest Conference play at St. Louis College of Pharmacy at 9:00 p.m.
The Pirates (3-1-0) have won back-to-back games headed into the start of league play to conclude consecutive road fixtures. Park will return home for the Homecoming Weekend match on Saturday, September 16 against Central Baptist at 2:00 p.m., the first of two-straight home contests for the Pirates.
LAST TIME OUT
The opportunity to score a late game-winning goal fell to Juan Carlos Salazar (JR/Bogota, Colombia) last Saturday evening as the midfielder broke a 1-1 tie with 4:55 to play as the Pirates held off St. Mary for a 2-1 victory. The Spires had tied the game five minutes earlier after Daniel Jackson (SR/Nottingham, England) gave Park the lead at the 61:16 mark.
Park has won both previous meetings with St. Louis Pharmacy by a combined scoreline of 17-0. Last season, the Pirates scored less than 2:00 into the contest and netted four goals in the first half on the way to a 9-0 triumph. Pedro De Souza (SR/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) scored a pair of goals while the defense did not allow a shot.
ABOUT THE EUTECTICS
St. Louis Pharmacy brings a 1-1-0 overall record into Wednesday night's game coming off a 2-0 win over Lincoln Christian (Ill.) last Tuesday. The Eutectics are led offensively by Brent Adams, who has scored a pair of goals. STLCOP has yet to win a game in AMC play since joining the conference for the 2015 season, losing 22-straight conference matches.
FIVE MINUTE WARNING
For the second-straight game, Park was able to score the game-winning goal inside of five minutes remaining in regulation play. Adeeb Qaisi (JR/Hebron, Palestine) netted his winner last Wednesday against Friends at 85:41, while Salazar was five seconds into the 86th minute last Saturday.
TWO BY FOUR
Four games into the 2017 season, the Pirates have scored at least twice in all four contests. Park has scored multiple goals in four-straight games to start the season for the first time since the 2002 team had a streak of five-straight multi-goal games to open its campaign.
ODDS AND ENDS
- The Pirates have scored first in each of the three victories, but yielded the first goal in the loss to Graceland.
- Head coach Efrem Shimlis sits at No. 23 on the NAIA Men's Soccer Winningest Active Coaches list, sitting six wins behind Ricky Zombrano of Thomas (Ga.).