Playing in their first SAC Tournament championship game since 2011, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer team fell 1-0 to #25 Wingate in the 2021 SAC Spring Soccer Conference Tournament . Victor Cascon, Dani Fernandez and Carles Montoliu Lobo were named to the SAC All-Conference tournament team.
The match was scoreless till the 77th minute when Wingate’s Nick Bennett used a cross to tap the ball just inside the right corner to gave the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead.
Bears had four shots in the last ten minutes of action but could not find the back of the net for the equalizer. Also in the last ten minutes, the Bears had three of their five corners kick. Bears had a 5-0 advantage on corner kick during the game.
Bears held a 13-5 advantage on shots in the contest while Juan Basabe made one save in goal for the Bears.
This was the first meeting between these teams in the SAC Championship but 8th overall in the SAC tournament. With the loss, LR moves to 3-3 in SAC Championship games. The loss also ends the Bears seven game unbeaten streak. That streak is the longest since the Bears went 6-0-3 during a stretch in Coach Winter’s second season in 2017.
The Bears season ends at 6-1-1 overall, 4-0-1 in the regular season of the South Atlantic Conference.