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Kate Casey
Kate Casey scored the game winner for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Gets Late Win Over Carson-Newman

Kate Casey found the back of the net in the 85th minute to give the Bears a 2-1 lead as LR held off Carson-Newman for the critical SAC win at home Saturday. The victory helps Lenoir-Rhyne jump the Eagles in the standings and puts the Bears in first place in the SAC with 20 points. Elin Hansson scored her 7th goal of the year in the contest. She is tied for third in the SAC in goals scored. The freshman had two goals and three assists in the two games this week.

The Bears got on the board in the 7th minute after an Eagles foul about 10 feet outside the box. Ria Acton delivered the free kick to the weakside where Hansson headed it just inside the upper corner to give the Bears the 1-0 lead. LR held the Eagles without a shot in the first half for all but two seconds as the Eagles lone attempt was at the buzzer heading into intermission.

As much as the Bears controlled play in the first half, it was the Eagles that controlled the ball for most of the second half. After just one shot in the first half, Carson-Newman had nine shots in the first part of the second half, including finding the equalizer in the 49th minute.

The teams look destined for a tie but the Bears had a corner opportunity in the 85th minute when Acton delivered a great ball that bounced off the keeper before finding Casey’s left foot. Casey delivered her fourth goal of the year to give the Bears the victory. Three of Casey’s four goals have been off corner kicks, the fourth was off a free kick on Wednesday against Emory & Henry

S.A. Phillips made one save in goal to pick up her seventh victory. The Bears held a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks, with the fifth one being the game-winner.

The last three meetings between these squads have been in Hickory. The Bears have not traveled to Jefferson City since October 2, 2019. L-R is 4-0 in their last four games against the Eagles.

The Bears are in first with 20 points with Catawba right behind them with 19. Both teams have not lost in conference play as the two teams will play in Hickory in the regular season finale.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 7-2-3 overall, 6-0-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will make the the trip to Coker for a 4:30pm kickoff on Wednesday.