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Harri Rowe
Harri Rowe scored the game winner for the Bears.
photos courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Grabs Tie Against 13th Ranked Carson-Newman

Lenoir-Rhyne men’s soccer got a goal late from Harri Rowe to salvage a 1-1 tie with No. 13 Carson-Newman on Saturday night in Hickory. Juan Hoyos and Oliver Gardner assisted on Rowe’s goal as the Bears scored in the 85th minute to tie the game.

Lenoir-Rhyne outshot the Eagles 8-2 in the first half but the period would end scoreless. The Bears had a great chance at the end of the half but Dani Fernandez’s header went just wide. The Bears had the upper hand in corners in the first 45 minutes, taking four to C-N’s one.

The visitors netted the first goal of the game in the 52nd minute when Harry Whitehead found the back of the net from a ball by Tim Vercelli. LR had another great opportunity minutes later but Adrian Martina missed an open net.

LR finally broke through in the 85th minute after the ball pinballed around the box. Rowe tapped it slowly past the goalkeeper and just inside the right post for the goal.

LR out-shot C-N 12-5 in the second half and 20-9 overall. Darrin de Meza made eight saves for the Eagles, and Juan Basabe made three saves for the Bears.

The Bears have not lost to Carson-Newman since 2017. C-N’s 2017 win in Jefferson City is the only time the Eagles have beaten the Bears in the last seven years.

Rowe’s goal was the second of his season, and the second assist each for Hoyos and Gardner.

Carson-Newman has now tied five times this year. This is LR’s second tie of the season. The Bears also tied No. 3 Nova Southeastern back on Sep. 1.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 7-3-1 overall, 4-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Coker for a 7pm kick.