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Evan O'Leary
Evan O'Leary scored the game's first goal for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Stay Perfect in Conference Play

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team got first half goals from Evan O’Leary and Elin Hansson to move to 9-0 in SAC play as LR came away with a 2-1 victory over Newberry on Saturday night inside Moretz Sports Athletic Campus. The victory also keeps the Bears unbeaten this year with an 11-0-3 overall record.

The Bears did not waste any time scoring in the 4th minute as Emerson Talley passed it to O’Leary at the top of box and O’Leary beat Newberry goalie Sarah Waller top shelf for the early goal. Hansson’s 12th goal and Acton’s 12th assist came in the 41st minute as the duo connected for another goal on the season.

Acton moves back into a tie for the national lead with 12 assists on the year. The 12 assists is also third most in a single season in program history. Acton also moves in 4th place all-time on the assist leader board.

LR out shot the Wolves 19-2 in the first half as Waller had nine of her 13 saves in the first half. Kristin Oliver give up her first goal in conference play as Avalina Espinoza drilled a free kick from 45 yards just inside the cross bar to give Newberry the goal.
In total, the Bears had 32 shots on the night while Newberry only had 4.

The Bears had 12 corner kicks, second most of the season.

LR has now won three straight win against the Wolves as the Wolves have only scored one goal in the three games. Its the Bears 14th straight SAC victory and extends their conference unbeaten streak to 21 games.

LR moved up to #13 in this week’s coaches poll, their highest ranking of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 11-0-3 overall, 9-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will have senior night next Saturday night with a 4:00 PM kick-off against Lincoln Memorial inside Moretz Sports Athletic Campus