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Evan O'Leary
Evan O'Leary had seven shots, four on goal for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Newberry

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer team defeated Newberry 4-0 on Saturday. The victory sets up a showdown with No. 11 Catawba on Wednesday night in Hickory for the SAC regular season title. Elin Hansson scored for the fourth straight game for the Bears. Evan O’Leary added a pair of second half goals and Carola Busquets scored her first career goal. A win by the Bears on Wednesday will secure their 8th regular season SAC title.

The Bears jumped on the Wolves with two goals in a seven minute span early in the first half. First, Busquets scored after a pass from Neve Duston in the 16th minute. Hansson then added her 9th goal of the season just seven minutes later. The Bears held the Wolves to two shots in the first half including one save by S.A. Phillips in goal. On the flip side, the Bears had 12 shots in the first 45 minutes.

Hansson added her 4th point of the match with an assist on O’Leary’s goal in the 57th minute. The goal was O’Leary’s first of the season after an eight goal freshman campaign. O’Leary than added her second goal of the game just 10 minutes later for the Bears final tally on the evening.

LR had a season low two corners kicks on the evening. The Bears came into the game 20th in the nation averaging 6.54 corners by game.

The shutout was the Bears sixth of the season as LR have only given up one goal in their last four games. 23 players saw the field for the Bears with 21 of them playing at least ten minutes.

The Bears lost last year in Newberry as the Wolves scored in the 102nd minute to steal a 1-0 win over the Bears. Busguets goal was her first career goal for the freshman while sophomore O’Leary scored her 10th career goal. Hansson has now scored in four straight games as the freshman is still third in the SAC with her nine goals.

These two teams could meet again next weekend in Hickory in the SAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Newberry still clinch a spot in the tournament and is currently in 8th place with one game remaining. Bears will face either the Wolves, Tusculum or Wingate next Saturday night at home.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 9-2-3 overall, 8-0-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. Bears will return home for showdown with No. 11 Catawba on Wednesday. Kick-off for the home finale is at 7:30pm.