ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Anderson University Trojans got a goal from Daniel Clovin in the 87th minute to capture a 1-0 victory and dash the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters’ title hopes in the championship match of the 2012 Food Lion SAC Soccer Championship Sunday.
With the loss, the Railsplitters’ seven-game winning streak is brought to a halt. LMU completes their South Atlantic Conference Tournament run with a 13-4-1 mark. After earning the 2012 SAC Championship crown, the Trojans jump to 6-10-4 on the year.
In the first 45 minutes of play, the two teams were locked in a defensive stalemate, as the game saw only seven combined shots in that frame. Anderson held the slight edge in that period, launching four shots to LMU’s three.
The Railsplitters turned that number around in the second half, outshooting AU by a margin of 12-4 with five of those 12 attempts landing on target. In total, the Railsplitters finished the match with nearly double the number of shots fired by the Trojans, tallying 15 while limiting AU to eight.
Despite that advantage, the Trojans tallied the lone goal of the match at the 87:21 mark, as Daniel Colvin intercepted a pass, shot down the right side of the field and drove the ball into the goal to give Anderson a 1-0 lead.
In the final 2:39, Diego Deschamp, Chris Nash and Leonardo Germniani fired shots for the Railsplitters with all three attempts coming up empty to fall in heartbreaking fashion to the Trojans.
All-Tournament Selection Leonardo Germniani led the Railsplitters with a game-high four shots while South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and All-Tournament honoree Mario Pinto tallied three shots in the match.
Germniani and Pinto were joined on the All-Tournament Team by Chris Nash and Marcel Barwanietz. Nash recorded two shots in today’s championship match with each attempt coming on goal.
Barwanietz narrowly missed recording his third shutout of the SAC Tournament, as he made three stops in 90 minutes in goal for the Railsplitters.
Barwanietz’s efforts were matched by Anderson keeper and South Atlantic Conference Championship Most Valuable Player Lukas Hesse, as he notched six saves in 90 minutes in net for the Trojans to lead his squad to victory.