Columbus, GA. — On a rainy and wet afternoon, the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team opened their 2022 NCAA tournament with a 1-0 win over Limestone. The Bears picked up a penalty goal Ria Acton in the 70th minute as the Bears scored their 8th shutout of the year to advance to Sunday’s second round. The Bears will now face No. 3 Columbus State, who defeated North Georgia 4-2.
Final: No. 16 Lenoir-Rhyne 1, Limestone 0
Records: #16 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-3-3) Limestone (12-4-2)
Location: Columbus, GA. I Walden Soccer Complex
- The first half was scoreless as the Bears won possession time and held a 7-3 advantage, but neither team could find the back of the net.
- LR averaged 5.94 corners per game and bettered their season average with six first-half chances, but couldn’t prevail as Saints keeper Samantha Aquilar-Hopkins made two first-half saves.
- With the rain in the second half Nicole Augers Cross pulled a handball into the box when Acton delivered the PK goal just inside the bottom left post to put the Bears ahead.
- Limestone had seven shots in the second half as the Bears backline only allowed one shot on goal, which was saved by SA Phillips.
- Aguilar-Hopkins made eight saves in goal for the Saints.
- Eight different Bears players had a shot on goal in the competition.
BEYOND THE BOX Score:
- This was the Bears’ 9th appearance in the NCAA tournament. LR rose to an all-time 5-6-7 in the NCAA tournament.
- Of the 9 trips in the tournament, the Bears made the journey to Columbus five times.
- The Bears are now 3-3 in Columbus and tonight’s win sparks a three-game losing streak there.
- The win was also the rubber match between the two programs as the Bears won the regular season meeting in Hickory but Limestone knocked the Bears out of the SAC tournament just seven days ago but the Bears ended the Saints season today.
- The Acton goal was the senior’s 21st career goal.
- The game was played in wet conditions as the remnants of Hurricane Nicole soaked western Georgia on Thursday night and today. The entire second half was played in constant rain.
NEXT: The Bears will advance to the second round and face No. 3 Columbus State. Kick-off is on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.