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Juan Hoyos
Juan Hoyos scored the lone goal for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Ousted in Penalty Kicks From NCAA Regionals

Wingate’s Aleksa Janjic stopped all three LR attempts in penalty kicks, and after a marathon game, it was Wingate advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a penalty kick win over Lenoir-Rhyne men’s soccer. The Bulldogs won two games in penalty kicks in Hickory to advance to the regional semifinal. Juan Hoyos scored the lone goal of the game for the Bears, as the match is officially scored as a 1-1 tie, but Wingate advances 3-0 on penalty kicks.

Wingate struck first in the 24th minute when William Persson scored his first goal of the season. Both goal scorers for the Bulldogs in their two games in Hickory scored their first goals of the season. The Bears had some good chances in the first half, but could not put the ball in the back of the net. Each team had six shots in the first half, and the Bears got three shots on goal in the first half.

The Bears got the game tied in the second half when Juan Hoyos found the equalizer off of a scramble situation in front of Janjic. Multiple Bears had a hand in the goal, and Carles Montoliu Lobo got the assist. The game turned chippy in the second half, with Wingate receiving five yellow cards and a red card for Niclas Wittur. LR could not take advantage of being a man-up in overtime.

LR out-shot Wingate 6-4 in the overtime periods but neither team could score. Montoliu Lobo got a red card in the 108th minute in the second overtime.

Pedro Santos, Florens van Honk, and Guilherme Fontes made penalty kicks for WU, with Fontes’ ending the game. Janjic turned away Dani Fernandez, Harri Rowe, and Luis Hernandez to win the game for Wingate.

This was the third meeting of the year between the two rivals, and Wingate wins the season series 2-1. The two teams have now split the last eight meetings, with neither side winning two in a row in that time frame.

This is LR’s second straight NCAA Tournament loss in extra time. The Bears lost 3-2 in double overtime to Limestone in the 2021 Tournament. The No. 2 seed for the Bears was the highest since 2006, the same season LR last won the SAC Tournament before this season. Lenoir-Rhyne ends the season at 12-4-3.