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Adrian Martina
Adrian Martina leads the Bears with eight goals scored this season.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Upsets 18th Ranked Lincoln Memorial

On its senior night, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team pulled off the upset by taking down No. 18 Lincoln Memorial, 1-0.

One of the seniors being recognized, Adrian Martina, buried the game-winning goal in the first half to mark the completion of an undefeated October.

In addition to their winning ways, LR has also manufactured three clean sheets in the past four conference matches. Juan Basabe, who was also recognized for his contributions on senior night, had a season-best six saves in the contest.

With the result, the Bears jump up to third place in the SAC Men’s Soccer standings, which would be good enough to host the quarterfinal round of next week’s SAC Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Although the Bears control their destiny, their position in the standings will not be determined until the final match against Catawba on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Martina increased his point total to 19 after his game-winning goal in the 36th minute. The graduate student has exceeded his goal total and assist total from a year ago, with six and five, respectively. The Bears did not have a single corner kick in the match. The Railsplitters had seven, with six coming in the second half.

The shot battle was close between the two sides. Although LR had more shots (13) compared to Lincoln Memorial (12), the Railsplitters had six shots on goal. Harri Rowe moved to a tie with Martina with most assists on the team with five.

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer ends their home regular season slate with a 4-1-1 record.

Lincoln Memorial leads the all-time series, 10-8-2. With the win, LR continues their longest winning streak over Lincoln Memorial in all-time history with four.

This matchup marked the first time these two programs met since the 2022 SAC Men’s Soccer Championship, a contest where the Bears also won, 1-0.

With an unbeaten record in October of 4-0-2, it marks the first time the Bears have had an unbeaten month since October 2006, when LR went 8-0-0 en route to a SAC Tournament Championship.

The Bears record improves to 5-4-5 overall, 5-2-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team will go on the road for its season finale against Catawba on Wednesday, Nov. 1 with a 5 p.m. kickoff. It will be the first meeting between the Bears and Indians in Salisbury, N.C. since Oct. 16, 2019.