DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Senior striker Mario Pinto tallied a pair of goals to headline Lincoln Memorial University’s (1-2-0) blistering attack in a 4-0 thumping of the North Georgia Nighthawks (1-2-0) in nonconference men’s soccer action on Wednesday.
The Railsplitters turned in a dominant offensive performance against the Nighthawks to pick up the first win of the 2013 campaign, finishing with an 11-7 advantage in shots fired and a 9-2 lead in shots on goal. Along the way, the ‘Splitters also narrowly edged the Nighthawks in corner kicks, 3-2.
After coming up epmty on a shot attempt by Leonardo da Silva just two minutes into the game, the Railsplitters got on the board with a score by freshman George Burne at the 6:20 mark. Burne’s second goal of the season was assisted by Alexandre Leao, who notched the first point of his LMU career with the dish.
The Railsplitters and Nighthawks traded a pair of shots over the ensuing passage of play before Mario Pinto notched his first of two goals on the night in the 32nd minute to spark LMU to a 2-0 lead. Pinto’s goal came off of a pass by Leonardo da Silva.
Lincoln Memorial quickly doubled their lead in the second half, as da Silva scored an unassisted goal in the 48th minute and Pinto used a dish from Yuri Passos to send in another 48th-minute goal.
Over the final 32 minutes of game action, the Nighthawks held a 4-2 advantage in shot attempts. However, they were stymied in each of those attempts, sending LMU home with a commading 4-0 triumph.
Marcel Barwanietz and Zach Jacobsen combined for the shutout in goal for Lincoln Memorial, as Barwanietz finished with a pair of saves in 77:17 minutes, while Jacobsen played the final 11 minutes without facing a shot on target.
Nighthawk netminder Kris Alonzo surrendered four goals and tallied four saves in 57 minutes before giving way to Diego Casillas, who did not allow a goal and made one stop in 31 minutes of work.
Pinto paced LMU with two goals, four shots and three total shots on target, while Burne and da Silva added a goal and two shots apiece. Amin El-Shami and Tyler Daly were the only two players to tally multiple shots for the Nighthawks with a pair of shots apiece.
The Railsplitters return to action on Saturday for the final game of their four-game road trip to kickoff the 2013 season. LMU is set to travel to Hartsville, S.C., for the South Atlantic Conference opener against the Coker Cobras.