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Ido Omaysi
Freshman Ido Omaysi scored his first career collegiate goal.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Goes to 1-1 Draw With Chowan

In its final non-conference match of the season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team tied Chowan, 1-1.

The Bears jumped out to an early lead in the opening two minutes with a long-distance strike by Ido Omaysi to record his first collegiate goal.

Despite going into the break with a 1-0 lead, the Hawks responded quickly in the second half with an equalizer by Hlyner Fridriksson in the 48th minute.

Then, in the 77th minute, the Bears suddenly found themselves down to 10 men after Ivan Rubio picked up his second yellow card of the match.

After going down a man, LR was able to hold on to the 1-1 scoreline to remain unbeaten in October.

The Bears won the shot battle, 12-7. LR also had one more shot on goal with five compared to Chowan’s four. It was a chippy Tuesday afternoon on the pitch with a total of six yellow cards. Chowan had four yellow cards as the Bears were shown three, however, Rubio had two separate bookings.

There were not many corner kicks to go around for the Bears as they only had two set pieces of the flag. Both came in the first half. LR has now scored in the first half in three of their last four matches. The only match they did not score in the opening 45 minutes came in a scoreless draw to Carson-Newman. Adrian Martina picked up his team-high fifth assist on the Omaysi goal in the first half.

Lenoir-Rhyne leads the all-time series, 5-1-1. This result marks the first tie between these two programs in their all-time series history. The Bears end with 1-1-2 record in their 2023 non-conference matches.

LR’s last win at Chowan came on Sept. 27, 2008, in a 8-0 result. The Bears have recorded four of their five draws have been on the road.

The Bears are 3-4-5 overall, and stay at 3-2-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team will return to the Soccer Field at Moretz Sports Athletic Campus on Saturday, Oct. 21 for a home match against Newberry at 5 p.m. The Bears have won their last five matches against the Wolves in Hickory, N.C.