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Men's Soccer Upset Bid Falls Short in Regional Semifinal

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HICKORY, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne’s Darren Back (Nottingham, ENGLAND) poked home a cross with three minutes remaining to lift the host and top-seeded Bears to a 3-2 win over fourth-seeded Catawba in a semifinal match of the 2006 NCAA II Appalachian Region Men’s Soccer Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Bears Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in NCAA II, improves to 19-1 and advances to face Lincoln Memorial in Saturday afternoon’s championship match. Catawba, making its third straight trip to the post-season, ends its season at 11-9.LenoirRhyne took a 2-0 lead midway through the first half. Ged Quinn (Jarrow, ENGLAND) put the Bears on the board in the 12th minute as he collected a loose ball in the box and fired past Tribe keeper Tyler Held (Virginia Beach, VA). Amar Brkic (Winston-Salem, NC) scored the second goal on a solo run in the 35th minute.

Senior Nathan Zuzga (Troy, MI) brought Catawba within a goal by the half as he drilled a low free kick just outside the box past LR keeper Mark Jorgensen (Ringwood, AUSTRALIA) in the 37th minute. The Tribe would draw even on a penalty kick on the hour. The kick was setup after another Zuzga free kick was deflected off the wall, but Zuzga tracked it down and fed it back into the box to Ryan Villiard (Holiday, FL), who was brought down by Jorgensen as he touched past to an open goal. Zuzga converted the kick to level the match on his 13th tally of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne would apply pressure for the final 30 minutes and eventually scored the game-winner with 3:15 remaining. Robert Dough (Albemarle, NC) dribbled into the box and played a low cross in front of the goal that Back tapped in. CATAWBA (11-9) 1 1 - 2 #5 LENOIR-RHYNE (19-1) 2 1 - 3

SCORING SUMMARY LR – 11:58 – Ged Quinn (4) LR – 34:01 – Amar Brkic (3) C - 36:37 – Nathan Zuzga (12) C - 59:10 – Zuzga (13) – PENALTY KICK LR – 86:45 – Darren Black (5) (Robert Dough) Shots at Goal: Lenoir-Rhyne 20, Catawba 9 Corner Kicks: Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Catawba 3 Goalkeeper Saves: Lenoir-Rhyne – Mark Jorgensen 2 Catawba – Tyler Held 8 Offsides: Lenoir-Rhyne 4, Catawba 2 Fouls: Lenoir-Rhyne 23, Catawba 20 Cautions: C – T.Brown (12’), McCormack (61’); LR – Jorgensen (60’), Brkic (70’), Bench (75’) ATT: 675 #######

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