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No. 20 Point Park men's soccer has record-setting day with win at Salem Intl

Oct. 28, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. ET

Lucas Silva scored goals No. 22 and 23 on the year to set a new Point Park goals record. Photo by Chris Squier.


SALEM, W.Va. -- It was a record-setting day for the Point Park University men's soccer team in its 2-1 victory at NCAA Division II Salem International (W.Va.) on Tuesday afternoon.

The Pioneers (13-2, 3-0 KIAC) got two goals from senior forward Lucas Silva in the 14th and 81st minutes as the native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, set a new Point Park men's soccer record for goals in a single season with 23. Silva's two goals broke a tie with previous record holder Chris Heh, a Thomas Jefferson High School graduate who scored 21 goals in 1998.

The hard-fought victory over a tough Salem International (8-7-1) team gave the Pioneers a team record for wins in a season with their 13th of the year. That bested the 12 wins by the 1998, 2011 and 2013 teams. It was also the ninth straight win for the Pioneers to set a team record for most consecutive victories.

Lastly, the Pioneers learned after their win that they had moved up three spots in this week's NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll to No. 20 in the nation, the highest-ever ranking for the Pioneers. Point Park is ranked in the Top 25 for the sixth week in a row as they have won 13 of 14 games in that span.

Elsewhere in the NAIA Top 25, KIAC member Rio Grande (12-1-2) remained at No. 1, and Point Park is still the only team to beat the RedStorm in a KIAC game on Sept. 20, 2-1. The Pioneers also have a win over this week's No. 11 Northwestern Ohio (12-2-2), with the other team to beat the Racers being Rio Grande.

Point Park held a commanding lead in shots over Salem International at 17-3. The Tigers had just one shot on goal, and it went in on Javier Ruiz Paz's game-tying goal in the 25th minute. Earlier, Silva had given Point Park a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal after he made a strong individual move to beat the defense.

Playing on a rough surface, the game remained 1-1 until Silva knocked in the game-winner in the 81st minute. Dominic Canello picked up the assist as he set up Silva a foot from the goal line.

Point Park had a season-high 20 players see action in the game. Point Park will be in action again on Saturday when it takes its 8-0 road record to KIAC opponent Asbury (Ky.) in the regular-season finale. The Pioneers can win the KIAC Regular Season title with a victory. Live Video & Stats will be provided by AU athletics.

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