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Adrian Martiña
Adrian Martiña scored the game winning goal in the 77th minute.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Edges Out Tusculum

Adrian Martina scored a late goal in the final 15 minutes of the game, and No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne men’s soccer squeaked out a 1-0 win over Tusculum on Saturday night to move to 2-0 in the SAC and finish this four-game road stretch at 3-0-1. Juan Basabe and the Bear defense turned in the third straight clean sheet as well.

Neither team could get any offense going in the first half. Lenoir-Rhyne had two shots on goal, one from Nicolas Bohigues and one from Jaime Poza. Tusculum did not muster a shot in the first half as the Bear defense suffocated the Pioneers.

The teams played to a stalemate until the 77th minute, when Martina tucked a shot past the Tusculum keeper inside the right post. Poza assisted on the goal on a beautiful feed. Both teams finished with five shots, four of which were on goal for the Bears.

Three straight shutouts for LR is the first time that’s happened since the Bears shut out the opponents for the first three games of the 2017 season. Martina’s five goals on the year is second in the SAC. Poza picked up his second assist of the year.

This was head coach Jack Winter’s 60th win at LR, and 30 of those have been shutouts.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 4-0-1 overall, 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will return home to face Limestone on Wednesday in SAC play. The Saints eliminated the Bears from the NCAA Tournament last year.