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Nicole Auger
Nicole Auger scored the lone goal of the contest.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Advances to SAC Semifinals

The top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team earned a SAC Quarterfinal win over Newberry to advance to the semifinal round of the league tournament. This will be the fifth straight trip to the semifinal round for the program who has won three SAC tournaments in team history.

The Bears held Newberry without a shot in the first half. LR’s best chance of the half came late as Elin Hansson nearly snuck one past the keeper but a Wolves defender made a sliding save, clearing the ball. The half would end 0-0 with LR holding a 7-0 advantage in shots.

The game remained scoreless until the 70th minute when Stephanie Figueiredo found Nicole Auger who deposited it in the back of the net for the game-winner. The goal was Auger’s second goal of the year and first since Sept. 28. LR held a 23-4 edge in shots while Newberry took a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. S.A. Phillips made one stop to earn the clean sheet and her 10th win of the year.

The win was the Bears 30th SAC Tournament win in program history. LR moves to 30-24-9 all-time in the tournament. 14 of the 30 wins have come as the No. 1 seed in the tournament. LR is now 14-4-1 all-time as the No. 1 seed.

The Wolves have yet to beat Lenoir-Rhyne in the SAC Tournament. Newberry is now 0-6 all-time against the Bears in the tournament. LR also moves to 18-1-1 all-time at home in SAC Tournament including winning the last 15 games.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 10-2-3 on the season. The Bears will head to American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte on Friday to face No. 5 Limestone. Kick-off is schedule for 5pm.