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Adrian Martina
Adrian Martina scored the game winner for Lenoir-Rhyne with seconds left to go in the contest.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Opens Season With Tie

Graduate Student Adrian Martina is already living up to his Preseason First Team All-SAC status.

The forward converted a penalty in the 74th minute to complete his multi-goal performance and kick off the Carlos Rubio era with a 2-2 tie on the road against Young Harris.

It was a strong start for the Bears, who took an early lead in the 17th minute when Martina headed in the opening goal from the foot of Harri Rowe. Despite going into the break with the lead, Young Harris jumped ahead with two goals within a five-minute span in the second half.

Jamie Lapsley and Thomas Kleinpenning recorded their first goals of the season in the 64th and 69th minutes, respectively. While it appeared that the Mountain Lions had flipped the script at home, two red cards were shown to Saad Maziane and Lapsley.

In a matter of 11 seconds, Maziane was shown a second yellow card for leaving the bench in celebration of Kleinpenning’s goal. When play resumed, Lapsley was shown straight red for aggressive contact after the play.

Although the Bears had 15 minutes of a man advantage after the Martina equalizer, they could not find a late game-winner.

Young Harris outshot Lenoir-Rhyne in total shots, 13-10, in addition to shots on goal, 8-6.

It was a physical contest between the Bears and Mountain Lions with a total of eight yellow cards and two red cards. LR was shown five yellow cards in comparison to Young Harris’ three.

Camden Coleman made his return into net for the Bears after missing the 2022 season. The sophomore made a career-best six saves.

This two-goal performance by Martina is his second in a LR uniform. The Avila, Spain native had a multi-goal showing against Lincoln Memorial back on Sept. 7, 2022.

Both squads had a pair of corner kicks. Young Harris had both of theirs in the first half, while LR had their two in the second half.

This result marks the first time that these two programs have tied each other. Young Harris continues to lead the all-time series, 3-2-1. The Bears have not started the season with a tie since a 3-3 draw against Francis Marion on Sept. 1, 2016. With the tie, it breaks a three-year streak where LR started their campaigns with a winning result.

With the two-goal performance, the Bears have now started four consecutive seasons with a multi-goal showing.

The Bears unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents has now grown to seven games; the last loss LR suffered against a non-conference foe was against Young Harris on Sept. 15, 2021, when the Bears lost 2-0 on the road.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team will return to Hickory, N.C. for their home opener against Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.