The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team got a measure of retribution against Lincoln Memorial in the 2020-21 season opener on a cold Friday night. The Bears, who fell to LMU in back-to-back SAC Tournament semifinal matches, broke a four match losing streak against the Railsplitters with a convincing, 5-3 win.
Lenoir-Rhyne sprinted out to a 5-0 lead before the Railsplitters came back late to make it respectable. LMU scored three times in the game’s final 10 minutes.
Stephanie Figueiredo, seeing her first game action since the end of the 2018 season, scored a pair of goals to get LR off to a fast start.
Amanda Macfarlane netted the Bears third goal of the game and Ria Acton added a fourth as the Bears took a 4-0 advantage after 45 minutes.
Just over 12 minutes into the second half, Jessica Carmichael scored her first career goal in a Lenoir-Rhyne uniform to make it 5-0.
Katherine Browning, Fabienne Loetscher and Alda Tarrado each scored late for Lincoln Memorial.
Hickory High grad Grayson Cameron earned her first career win in her first start in goal and made four saves.
LR dropped both matchups with Lincoln Memorial last season by 1-0 margins.
Rosie Weaver added a pair of assists in her first career game for LR.
Lenoir-Rhyne is now 182-71-16 all-time in home matches and hasn’t lost a home regular season match since falling 2-1 to Lincoln Memorial on October 13, 2018.
This game officially goes down as a non-conference match as LMU is not in LR’s three-team pod.
The Bears are 1-0 to open the season. Lenoir-Rhyne is off until March 4 when they travel to Wingate for a 4 p.m. kickoff.