David Sdzuy’s penalty kick in the 13th minute sent the Lenoir-Rhyne Men Soccer Team to the SAC Championship game with their 1-0 win over Anderson. This will be the Bears’ first appearance in the SAC final since 2011.
In the 13th minute, Jaime Poza had the ball in front of the goal when Anderson’s Goalkeeper Gal Elyashiv committed the foul which gave the Bears the penalty kick. Sdzuy then connected on the kick in the top right corner to give the Bears the 1-0 lead.
The goal was all the Bears needed as the LR defense held Anderson scoreless on just six shots on the night.
Bears outshot the Trojans 14-6 and had four corner kicks compared to just two for Anderson.
Juan Basabe got the clean sheet in goal for the Bears, making three saves on the night.
The win was the first win over Anderson in the SAC tournament all-time (1-4-1) as the Bears did advance in 2014 after beating the Trojans in penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie. The win also ended a four-game losing streak to Anderson. Ironically, the Bears fell to Anderson 1-0 in their last SAC Championship appearance in 2011.
With the win, the Bears move to 5-6-1 in the semifinal round of the tournament.
This was the Bears’ first penalty kick goal scored since Florian Simon connected on two in an October 13th game against Lincoln Memorial in 2018.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 6-0-1 overall, 4-0-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will host Wingate for the SAC Championship Sunday at 5:00 PM.