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Luis Hernandez
Luis Hernandez scored the only goal of the contest.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Three Second Half Goals Give L-R Men’s Soccer Semifinal Round Berth

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s soccer team scored three goals in the final 6:18 to advance to the SAC Tournament Semifinals. The Bears defeated Catawba for the second straight game and now face top-seeded Wingate on Friday afternoon.

Harri Rowe got the Bears on the board with a goal in the 25th minute. Rowe took a ball from Adrian Martina and beat the Catawba keeper. The half would end with the Bears leading 1-0 and holding an 11-7 advantage in shots.

Catawba had a strong chance in the 51st minute but Sebastia Cerda-Tous hit the post. The Indians would eventually net the equalizer in 73rd minute when Bautista Vecchi-Ramello finished off a cross in the box to keep Catawba alive. Salano Birch would get a red card with 16:34 left in the game to give LR the advantage.

The Bears would score the game-winner off the right foot of Jaime Poza. Poza took a beautiful ball from Luis Hernandez and finished it off to send LR on to the Semifinals. Hernandez would add an insurance goal with the assist going to Carles Montoliu Lobo in the 87th minute. Nicholas Bohigues got in on the scoring onslaught with his first tally of the season in the 89th minute.

The Bears won their 20th SAC Tournament game all-time with the win. Bears are 2-1-2 all-time as the No. 4 seed. LR is 4-3-1 all-time vs Catawba in SAC Tournament

This is the second meeting between these two teams in the past four days. The four goals ties the most in a game this season. LR also scored four on Anderson on Sept. 21.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 10-4-2 overall. The Bears take on top seed Wingate on Friday in the Semifinals.