Da Silva’s free kick score sends LMU past Anderson 1-0
Published 10:00 pm Monday, October 23, 2017
ANDERSON, S.C. — Danilo da Silva’s 104th-minute goal lifted the Railsplitters (8-3-3, 3-3-3 SAC) to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over the Anderson Trojans (6-7-1, 3-5-1 SAC) Saturday at Trojan Stadium.
Da Silva has scored the game-winner in five LMU’s eight wins. This time it came off a direct kick from about 30 yards out following a foul and a yellow card on AU’s Vinny Veiga. With the goal, the senior also became the first Railsplitter to crack a double-digit goal total for a season since 2013.
His goal also snapped a streak of 514 minutes in which the Railsplitters failed to score in a road SAC match. Saturday was the team’s fifth and final conference road game of the regular season.
Anderson controlled the offensive tempo for most of the match and outshot the Railsplitters 21-16. The Trojans also attempted 12 corners to LMU’s three. They outshot Lincoln Memorial 17-11 in regulation and added the first two shots of overtime before being outshot 5-2 over the game’s final 9:25.
Shots on goal were even at eight apiece.
Da Silva led all players with four shots on goal, while his five total tied Lars Kaula for the game high. Felipe de Sousa was the only other Railsplitters to place multiple shot attempts on goal.
Caio Bergamo started his fourth straight match in goal for the Railsplitters and made a season-high eight saves. Gal Elyashiv, tied a season high with seven saves. Both goalkeepers made two saves in the overtime periods.
– The Railsplitters went to overtime for the sixth time this season. Five of those matches-all in SAC play-have required a second overtime. This season’s six overtime matches ties a program high, while the fifth to extend to double overtime extends a program record set earlier this year.
– Danilo da Silva has accumulated at least one point in every match the Railsplitters have scored.
– Lincoln Memorial has won the last five matchups in the series.
The Railsplitters play their final regular season match against Catawba and celebrate Senior Day at the LMU Soccer Complex Saturday at 3:30 p.m.