Railsplitters fall to Mars Hill 1-0
HARROGATE, Tenn. — Felipe Ferraro netted a goal in the 39th minute to pace the Mars Hill Lions to a 1-0 victory over the Railsplitters in South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer action on Thursday at the LMU Soccer Complex. The loss snaps a four-game unbeaten streak for Lincoln Memorial University, dropping its record to 3-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in SAC play while the Lions improve to 2-4 and 2-1.
The Railsplitters were bested in the match despite holding a commanding 24-11 edge in shots and a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. Lincoln Memorial kept a steady dose of pressure on the Lion netminder in the first frame, tallying five of their six shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes of play. During a five-minute stretch of that half (29:28-34:19), LMU put three shots on target, however, they were stalemated on each of those attempts.
Mars Hill notched the lone score of the match in the 39th minute as Felipe Ferraro broke out of a scrum in the front of the goal following a Lion corner kick and drove the ball into the left side of the net to put the Lions on top, 1-0.
The Lions sunk back into a defensive formation for the remainder of the match, absorbing and deflecting any runs the Railsplitters created in the second half of play. LMU matched their first half shot total with 12 attempts, however, only one of those looks landed on target.
Mario Pinto paced the Railsplitters with nine shots attempts and three shots on goal while Leonardo da Silva amassed seven shots with two on goal. George Burne pitched in with five shots. Felipe Ferraro and Alex Mullen led the Lions with two shots apiece.
LMU’s best scoring chance came just past the midway point of the first half. Midfielder Gus Rivera made a nifty run along the sideline that led to throw-in deep in Lion territory. The Railsplitters got the ball to Pinto in a crowded box. With the Mars Hill keeper and two defenders guarding the net, Pinto got off a hard shot that clanked off the right side of the goal. The Railsplitters weren’t able to control the rebound and the Lions eventually cleared it to keep the score 0-0.
Junior goalkeeper Marcel Barwanietz suffered the loss after allowing one goal and making two stops in 90 minutes of work. His counterpart, Chris Mitchell picked up the win after posting a clean slate with five saves.
The Railsplitters are scheduled to return to the pitch on Saturday with a trip to Hickory, N.C., for a South Atlantic Conference battle with the Bears. LMU and Lenoir-Rhyne are set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
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