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Juan Basabe
Juan Basabe wins the player of the week award for the second straight week.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Battles to Scoreless Draw With Carson-Newman

For the first time in the 42 all-time meetings, the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears and the Carson-Newman Eagles played to a 0-0 tie as the two teams battled on Saturday night in Jefferson City. The tie was the Bears fourth of the year but the first scoreless tie. This concludes the Bears four-game road trip as LR will return home on Wednesday to face Coker.

Juan Basabe made a season-high five saves in goal to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard as C-N outshot the Bears in this one. Carson-Newman had the 17-8 advantage in shots, including having ten in the second half.

One reason for the big shot advantage was due to the Bears receiving a red card in the 17th minute to cause them to go down a man the rest of the contest. LR only had one corner kick opportunity on the night while the Eagles had four but just one in the second half. LR only had three fouls on the day but had two yellow cards and that red card.

The Bears move to 3-0-2 against Carson-Newman in the last five games. There were only two ties in the first 40 matches up between these programs but the last two games have both ended in a tie.

The tie does jump the Bears in 5th place in the SAC with a matchup with Coker on Wednesday, who is tied for second currently.

This is the second year of the new rule that eliminates overtime and ends the game after 90 minutes if the teams are tied.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 2-4-4 overall, 2-2-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. Bears return home to face Coker on Wednesday night. Kick-off is schedule for 7:30 PM.