Philip Wong Scores the Game Winner to Bring LMU to a 3-Game Win StreakSeptember 16, 2015
BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Philip Wong (Hong Kong, China) put the finishing touches on a wild second half by scoring the game-winning goal in the 80th minute to lift the Railsplitters (3-0) to a 3-2 win over the Lees-McRae Bobcats (2-2) in NCAA Division II men's soccer action on Saturday in Banner Elk, N.C. With the win, Lincoln Memorial opens its season with three straight victories for the third time since 2012 while defeating the Bobcats in Banner Elk for the first time since 1993.
The Railsplitters and Bobcats went 55 minutes without a goal before combining for five scores in a frenetic 24-minute stretch of the second half.
Leonardo da Silva (Itajuba, Brazil) opened the scoring and put the Railsplitters in front with his second goal of the season in the 56th minute, striking off of a free kick that careened off the post from 25 yards out. Lincoln Memorial's lead held up for just 15 minutes, though, as Pol Vassart evened the match at 1-1 in the 71st minute on a header, which was assisted on by both Marvyn Rieger and Matthew Cureton.
The Railsplitters needed a mere four minutes to produce another goal and regain the lead as Nick Spielman (Melbourne, Fla.) chested a pass to Danilo da Silva (Campinas, Brazil), who rocketed it in from 20 yards out in the 75th minute. Less the three minutes later, the match was tied again as James Abraham used a corner from Thomas Deeley and a header from Maurice Kleinert to knot it at 2-2.
Wong accounted for the final goal of the match and gave the Railsplitters the lead for good late in the 80th minute, using a pass from George Burne (Carlisle, England) to blast it in from outside of 20 yards. It was the first goal of Wong's collegiate career.
The win helped the Railsplitters end a four-match winless streak against Lees-McRae, who had defeated Lincoln Memorial outright in three of the four meetings since 2009. The Railsplitters improved to 4-3-1 in the all-time series and won in Banner Elk for the first time in 22 seasons.
The Railsplitters won the shot battle, 16-14, but the Bobcats produced a 10-4 advantage on corner kick output. Leonardo da Silva paced Lincoln Memorial with five shots and two shots on goal while Burne produced three shots and a shot on frame.
Pedro Ozi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) faced 14 shots over 90 minutes of action, making four saves and improving to 3-0 in the victory. His counterpart, Tyler Pavlet, made four saves and allowed three goals over the same span.
The Railsplitters begin South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday when they travel to Brevard, N.C. to face the Brevard Tornados. Kickoff in that match is slated for 4:30 p.m.