HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Brazilian duo of Mario Pinto and Leonardo da Silva scored all three goals, capped by Pinto’s game-winning score in the 98th minute, to lead the Railsplitters to a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory versus the Catawba Indians in South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer action on Saturday.
The women’s match was nearly as exciting as freshman forward Michelle Hunter headed in her team-leading eighth goal of the season to give the Lady Railsplitters to a 1-0 victory.
In the men’s match, it was the Indians breaking a scoreless tie in the 32nd minute. Corey Faughnan was responsible for that goal as he headed in a flick pass from Matt Wilkinson to put Catawba on top, 1-0. Faugnhan’s fourth goal of the season proved to be the only score of the half despite the Railsplitters winning the shot battle, 12-7.
Lincoln Memorial worked quickly to tie the game in the second frame as da Silva curved a free kick past the Indian keeper from the left side in the 55th minute to knot the match at one apiece. That goal was Silva’s fourth of the season.
The Railsplitters would send off three more shot attempts until Mario Pinto gave them the lead in the 73rd minute. Pinto received a pass from freshman George Burne in the middle of the box where he flicked one into the back of the net, giving LMU a brief 2-1 cushion.
Catawba responded only nine minutes later as Kenny Bonilla rocketed a ball past LMU keeper Marcel Barwanietz to square the match back up and it went into overtime.
The Railsplitters controlled the pace offensively in the 10-minute overtime, firing a total of six shots. That last of those attempts came off the foot of Pinto in the 98th minute as he took a long pass from da Silva and drove one into the lower left corner to send LMU away with a 3-2 victory.
It was the fourth straight win for Lincoln Memorial as they improve to 9-5-1 on the season and 6-3-1 in SAC play. Catawba fell to 8-5-1, 4-5-1.
The Railsplitters visit Lees-McRae on Thursday.
For the Lady Railsplitters, Saturday’s win snapped a three-match losing streak and was their first over Catawba ince 2007.
The match was scoreless after one period despite the Indians mounting a 10-4 shot advantage over that span.
It was still knotted in a 0-0 stalemate beyond the first 25 minutes of the second half until Hunter broke through at the 73:17 mark, heading home a Josefin Hedstrom corner to put the Lady Railsplitters on top, 1-0. That was Hedstrom’s first point of the 2013 season while Hunter tallied her eighth goal of the season on the play as she is now tied for second in the SAC in that category.
The Indians fired off five shots down the stretch, but only one would land on target as Alex Hulsey put one between the frames in the 81st minute. LMU keeper Kayla Stephensturned that attempt away, making her fourth save of the afternoon in route to the shutout.
LMU improves to 8-6-1 on the season and 6-4 in SAC play. Catawba falls to 9-6-1, 5-4-1.
The Lady Railsplitters are off until Saturday when they host Wingate at 1 p.m. in their final home match of the season.