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Neve Duston
Neve Duston scored the lone goal of the contest for the Bears in the first half.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Dispatches Tusculum

For the second straight game this week, the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team did not allow a goal on the road and than scored in the second half to earn the victory. After winning 1-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Lincoln Memorial, the Bears traveled to Tusculum and got second half goals from Neve Duston and Ria Acton to defeat the Pioneers 2-0. S.A. Phillips got her second clean sheet on the week saving four shots on the night.

The first half was a defensive battle as the first 45 minutes saw just six shots. LR did have chances with five corners kicks in the half but could not find the back of the net.

The LR defense set up their first goal as the Bears forced a turnover at the top of the box and Duston took advantage of it and beat the Pioneers keeper Grayson Patterson to the far post to give the Bears a 1-0 lead in the 63th minute. The 2020-21 SAC Tournament MVP scored her first goal of the year and her 11th of her career.

The Bears kept attacking and Acton had a one-one in the box but was taken down by the Pioneer defender in the 77th minute resulting in a PK goal for the All-American. Acton, who is coming off a nine goal season last year, scored her first goal of the season.

Phillips made four saves on the night to pick up her second straight clean sheet. LR held the Pioneers to just five shots on the night.

The Bears have won the last five against Tusculum and have out scored them 17-3 in that span. The Bears have also extended their unbeaten streak to nine in Greeneville.

The goal was Duston’s sixth game winning goal of her career. The senior had four game winning goals her freshman year in 2019.

Elin Hansson’s three game scoring streak snapped as the freshman scored all four goals for the Bears before Duston’s goal.

The Bears improve to 2-1-1 overall, 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return home on Wednesday to face UNC-Pembroke. Kick-off is at 5 PM at Moretz Sports Complex.