Railsplitters hold off Tornados late challenge in 2-0 victory
Kombol records five saves in first start of the 2011 season
Harrogate, Tenn. - Callum Home and Andrew Bayerl both found the back of the net and Lincoln Memorial held off a late onslaught of shots by Alejandro Rivillas, Adam Martin, Scott Schuurman and Anthony Cardenas as the Railsplitters defeated the Tornados on Saturday afternoon, 2-0.
Thomas Kombol made the start in the goal for the Tornados (0-7-1, 0-2 SAC), recording five saves in the match, but Lincoln Memorial (3-2-2, 2-0 SAC) was able to get on the board early as Home placed a goal in at the 10:45 mark, collecting Kombol’s save after the header attempt by Nicholas Muth, and drilled the ball into the open goal to give the Railsplitters the 1-0 advantage.
The Tornados tested Railsplitters goalkeeper Michael Watkins frequently in the contest, but he was able to record saves on shots by Felipe Mendonca and Patrick Urmson to keep the shutout intact through the first half.
Bayerl extended the LMU lead at the 57:08 mark in the second half as Mario Pinto tracked down the ball in the right corner and sent the pass across the field to Bayerl who redirected it into the left corner of the net to give the Railsplitters the 2-0 advantage.
Brevard battled back with a flurry of shots, but Martin and Schuurman’s attempts both hit the crossbar and Cardenas’ attempt was stopped by Watkins as Lincoln Memorial held on to record the 2-0 shutout victory.
The Tornados are back in action on Wednesday, September 28th, as they make the trip to Greeneville, Tenn. to take on the Pioneers of Tusculum College. Kickoff between the SAC opponents is set for 7 p.m.