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Point Park rallies for 2-1 win at Houghton in double overtime, Silva gets GW goal

Oct. 14, 2011

Lucas Silva (19) scored the game-winning goal in double OT to beat Houghton, 2-1. Photo courtesy Barbara Fischer.



HOUGHTON, N.Y. -- Point Park University scored the final two goals of the game, including Lucas Silva's game-winner in double overtime, to rally past homestanding Houghton, 2-1, in an American Mideast Conference men's soccer game Friday night.

Point Park improved to 9-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the AMC. The Pioneers are tied for the second most wins in a single season in school history.

Point Park has little time to enjoy its thrilling victory, however, as it has a very important game at Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday (3 p.m.). That game can be viewed on live internet video courtesy RWC athletics as the link below:
LIVE VIDEO: Point Park at Roberts Wesleyan

Point Park trailed, 1-0, at halftime, but Alex Sala got the equalizer in the second half. The junior midfielder from Austria now has five goals and 11 points on the year.

The game then went into overtime, and it seemed as though it was headed for a similar result to the 1-1 tie that the teams played to Sept. 30 at Point Park.

But late in the second extra period, Silva got his team-leading 10th goal of the year to give the Pioneers their second win in a row. Silva is a freshman forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Houghton, which has played in several close games and overtime contests this year, fell to 2-9-3 overall and 1-4-1 AMC. The Highlanders' lone conference win is versus lowly Fisher. They have lost twice to Walsh and once each go Daemen and Point Park.

Point Park must now quickly turn its attention to Roberts Wesleyan. The Raiders beat Daemen, 3-1, Friday night with three late goals to improve to 5-1 in the conference. Saturday's matchup with Point Park will likely go a long way toward determining the top seed in the AMC playoffs, which are scheduled for Nov. 4-5 at the top seed.