Point Park beats UNOH, 2-1, in OT behind Silva's two goals, strong defense
Sept. 13, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Lucas Silva had two goals in the 2-1, OT win over Northwestern Ohio. File photo by Chris Squier.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's soccer picked up a hard-fought victory over a talented Northwestern Ohio team, 2-1, in overtime Saturday at Highmark Stadium as senior forward Lucas Silva scored two goals for the Pioneers (3-1, 0-0 KIAC).
Silva scored early and late to lift the Pioneers, who played strong defense throughout to hold the offensively talented Racers (3-1-1) to a single goal. Northwestern Ohio entered the game unbeaten in four games -- three of which were versus Top 30 teams in the NAIA -- and itself ranked among the 'others receiving votes' section of the NAIA Top 25 Poll at No. 33 overall.
Silva, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, scored in the 97th minute to give Point Park the 2-1 victory in overtime. He also scored in the fourth minute on a one-timer from the 6-yard line after taking a cross from the left side from Max Flick.
The Pioneers had their full offensive talents on display the first 30 minutes with several chances but failed to build on the 1-0 lead. Northwestern Ohio eventually broke through with the equalizer in the 38th minute when Sergio Royo scored on the back end of a nice two-man play with Pascal Debowiak.
In what was a very even matchup -- UNOH held slim leads of 19-17 in shots and 8-6 in corner kicks -- the teams stayed deadlocked at 1-1 through regulation.
But with time ticking down in the first extra period, Point Park got a throw-in from the right sideline. The throw reached the right post near the 6-yard box, where Paul Carr got a head on it to flick the ball to the left post. That's where Silva raced in for a diving header behind the defense and the win.
Zak Borzovoy was strong as the Point Park goalkeeper registering a career-high 13 saves in 97 minutes.
Saturday's game was the start of a stretch of four games in eight days for the Pioneers. That stretch continues Tuesday at West Viriginia Tech and Thursday at home versus Geneva (9 p.m.). It also includes a showdown with NAIA No. 7 Rio Grande (3-0-2), a newcomer to the KIAC, on Sept. 20 at Highmark Stadium (12 p.m.).
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