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Elin Hansson
Elin Hansson was named both Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.
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Lenoir-Rhyne’s Hansson Scores Lone Goal in Women’s Soccer Win

Elin Hansson’s hot streak continued as the freshman, who was named SAC player of the week on Tuesday and United Soccer Coaches Division II player of the week today, scored the game’s lone goal to help the Bears stay unbeaten in the SAC and remain in first place with two conference games left. Hansson has now scored in three straight games as the Bears also extended their winning streak to three.

Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Coker on the road, 1-0.

The Bears dominated the control of play in the first half as Lenoir-Rhyne held Coker without a shot. LR finally broke through in the 44th-minute as Hansson found the back of the net to give LR the 1-0 lead right before halftime.

Hansson has now scored in three straight games and has ten points during that span. Kate Casey set up Hansson’s goal with her second assist of the season. The goal was off a free kick that Casey drilled from the left sideline that Hansson head into the lower corner.

The Bears dominated the second half much like the first 45 minutes as they outshot the Cobras 12-2 in the second half but the Bears could not extend their lead and only allowed one shot on goal to come away with the 1-0 victory.

LR came into the contest 24th in the nation averaging 6.3 corner kicks per game. The Bears will increase that average as LR had 10 corner kicks in the contest.

S.A. Phillips earns the shutout in goal but did not have a chance at a save as Coker only had those two shots on the evening.

Since Coker joined the SAC in 2013, the Bears have won all eleven matches against the Cobras. L-R is now 7-0-1 all-time in Hartsville, SC.

Hansson was selected as the United Soccer Coaches Women’s Soccer Division II Player of the Week last week. The announcement was released right before kickoff of this contest. Her 8th goal tonight is tied for third place in the SAC.

The Bears now have 23 points in the SAC, sitting in first place with games at Newberry (10/22) and vs Catawba (10/26) left. The Bears are 8-2-3 overall, 7-0-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR travel to Newberry on October 22nd.