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Ria Acton
Ria Acton scored the Bears lone goal of the contest.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Draws With Wingate

On a night where the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer celebrated their seniors, the Bears used a second half goal from Ria Action to play to a 1-1 draw with Wingate. The tie keeps the Bears unbeaten in SAC play with a 4-0-2 record.

The Bears out shot the Bulldogs 10-3 in the first half but it was Wingate who found the back of the net as Caroline Peters took a shot out the box and just snuck it inside the upper corner for the goal. Peters took all three of the Bulldogs shots in the first half.

Acton found the equalizer in the 59th minute after a cross from Kara Gavaghan, which Acton tapped into the goal. Acton’s goal was her 20th career goal for the senior from Leicester, England.

The Bears controlled the ball all night as LR did not even allowed Wingate to have one shot on goal in the second half. The Bulldogs were out shot 22-3 but they came away with a tie on a chilly night in Hickory. S.A. Phillips made one save on one of three shots from Wingate.

After scoring twice on corner kicks last Saturday, the Bears could not connect on any of their eight corners in this contest.

The last three matchups played in this rivalry have been in Hickory. The Bears last trip to Wingate was in 2019.

Bears are in third place with 14 points in the SAC as Wingate moves into 5th with 9 points. LR and Wingate joins Anderson in the SAC with at least two ties in conference play this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 5-2-3 overall, 4-0-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will host Emory & Henry for the first time on Wednesday. Kick-off for this SAC Contest on the pitch is 5:00 PM.