HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Railsplitters exploded for three goals early in the second half to pace a 4-0 victory over the Newberry Wolves in South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer action on Sunday. The win propels Lincoln Memorial University to 3-2-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in SAC play while Newberry sinks to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in league play with the loss.
Freshman midfielder Alexandre Leao (Ribeirao Preto, Brazil) notched the lone goal for either side in the first half, using a dish from Harry Solomons (Leicester, England) in the 24th minute to net his second scoring strike of the season and give LMU a 1-0 advantage.
Despite only finding the net once in the opening half, the Railsplitters put on an offensive clinic for an 11-minute stretch early in the second half with three goals to break the match open.
Junior Yuri Passos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) netted the first of those three goals in the 49th minute. Passos was on the receiving end of a corner kick from Mario Pinto (Uberlandia, Brazil), beating the Newberry keeper with a strike in front of the net.
Following his assist, Pinto notched his sixth goal of the season in the 53rd minute to push LMU in front, 3-0. Pedro Villa (New Braunfels, Texas) assisted on the play with a beautiful leave at the right side of the net where Pinto capitalized. Villa scored the final goal for the Railsplitters in the 58th minute, using a pass from George Burne (Carlisle, England) to the right side of the box to net his third score of the year and extend LMU’s cushion to 4-0.
With his fifth goal in four games, Mario Pinto moved into sole possession of fifth place on Lincoln Memorial’s all-time goals list. Pinto has accumulated 40 goals in his three-year stay with the Railsplitters as he now trails the all-time record by eight goals.
The Railsplitters enjoyed a 22-16 advantage in shots and a 10-3 margin in shots on target. Lincoln Memorial outshot the Wolves 8-2 in the opening half before the two teams shared a 14-14 ledger in the second half. Mario Pinto led all players in the match with eight shots and four shots on goal while Yuri Passos, Leonardo da Silva (Itajuba, Brazil), George Burne and Pedro Villa added three shots apiece. Graham Jermstad paced the Wolves with five shots off of the bench.
Marcel Barwanietz (Berlin, Germany) and Zach Jacobsen (Frederick, Md.) combined for the clean slate in goal for the Railsplitters as Barwanietz made two stops in 70:11 and Jacobsen turned away one shot in 19:49 minutes in net. Nicholas Lucido suffered the loss in net for Newberry after allowing four goals and making five saves in 90 minutes of work.
Lincoln Memorial returns to the field on Wednesday with a South Atlantic Conference contest against the Mars Hill Lions at 3:30 p.m. at the LMU Soccer Complex.