The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (8-3-1) used a strong start with two first-half goals to send Saint Leo (3-6) back home with a 2-1 loss on Tuesday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears also extended their winning streak to three matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves. Morris’ individual record continues to match the team’s overall mark.
Sophomore midfielder Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) got her first start of the season and capitalized, putting Lenoir-Rhyne on the board in the sixth minute of the contest (her second goal of the season). The goal was also her second in as many games.
An assist by Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) tied her for the team lead with four with sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.).
The Bears were able to apply pressure all afternoon, outpacing the Lions by a 6-0 count in corner kick opportunities.
The Bears outshot the Lions, 13-11, but were more accurate as eight of the Bears’ 13 shots (61.5 percent) were ruled on goal. The road team only had three of its 11 shots (27.3 percent) on goal.
L-R continues its strong performances at home as it holds a 6-1 record at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears have limited their opponents to one or fewer goals in eight of their 12 matches this season.
The lone goal from the Lions came on a header in the 72th minute from Sophia Kenny (Celebration, Fla.), her first score of the year.
Saint Leo’s goalkeeper, Megan Charlton (Kent, Wash.), suffered the loss and fell to 1-2 but picked up six saves in the process.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 8-3-1 on the season. They hit the road on Saturday for another nonconference clash with UNC Pembroke at 5:00 p.m., in Pembroke, N.C.