Point Park's Lucas Silva named NAIA Men's Soccer All-America Third Team
Dec. 9, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. ET
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's soccer senior forward Lucas Silva capped off his outstanding career by becoming the first NAIA All-American in team history.
Silva, a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named on Monday (Dec. 8) to the 2014 NAIA Men's Soccer All-America Third Team. Silva led NAIA No. 23-ranked Point Park (15-3, 4-0 KIAC) with 26 goals, eight game-winning goals, six assists and 58 points on the year.
It was an historic season for Silva individually and also for the Pioneers as a team. Individually, Silva set a school record for goals in a single season with 26, which surpassed the 16-year old record of 21 by Chris Heh in 1998.
Silva was one of the best scorers in the NAIA this year. He tied for first in the NAIA with eight game-winning goal, an honor he shares with NAIA Player of the Year Dzenan Catic of national champion Davenport (Mich.).
Silva is second in the NAIA in goals per game with 1.44 and is behind only Catic in that category as well. He ranks third in total points (58.00), points per game (3.22) and total goals (26) ranking behind only Catic and Ricardo Diegus of Texas Brownsville, a couple of NAIA First Team All-Americans, in those three categories.
Other NAIA statistical rankings for Silva include fourth in shots on goal per game (2.94) and 16th in shots per game (4.33).
Silva not only got the Point Park single-season record for goals this year with 26, he also made a run at the career scoring records for the Pioneers. Silva ends his career ranking second in Point Park history with 44 career goals and 109 career points. Only Chris Heh (1996-98) has more goals and points with 50 goals and 111 points. Silva also ranks third in career assists for the Pioneers with 21.
Point Park men's soccer was established in 1989, and Silva is the first Pioneers player to earn NAIA All-American honors. Another first for the program this year was the Pioneers earning their first NAIA Top 25 Ranking in team history. Point Park was ranked every week of the regular season and reached as high as No. 20 in the nation. The Pioneers set program records with 15 wins and a winning percentage of .833.
Silva was named the KIAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-KIAC First Team. He had 24 more points and 11 more goals than anyone else in the KIAC. He led Point Park to the KIAC Tournament finals, where it lost, 3-2, to NAIA No. 1-ranked Rio Grande (Ohio).
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