Soccer (M)

Bears Defeat Indians 4-1

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HICKORY, N.C. - Early goals pushed Lenoir-Rhyne past Catawba by a final tally of 4-1 at Moretz Athletic Complex Wednesday.

The Indians fall to 2-10-0 on the season, including 0-8-0 in South Athletic Conference play, while the Bears improved to 8-4-0 overall and 7-4-0 in league play.

Sophomore defender, Tom Joyce cut Catawba’s deficit to 3-1 with a half hour remaining in regulation, scoring off a pass from Tom Singhgolden. The tally was the first of Joyce’s career.

Ignacio de Goya and Cameron Saul gave Lenoir-Rhyne a 2-0 lead, just 12 minutes into the match.

Saul assisted on de Goya’s goal at the 4:03 mark, before adding a tally of his own at 11:50, on an assist from Carles Montoliu Lobo.

The Bears scored faster in the second period when Goncalo Garcia added an unassisted marker one minute and 22 seconds into the stanza, giving his team a 3-0 advantage.

Jamie de Manuel closed out the scoring when he recorded an unassisted goal, pushing Lenoir-Rhyne’s advantage to 4-1.

Inside the numbers:
- Lenoir-Rhyne outshot Catawba 26-11 and took four more corners (9-5).
- The Indians received nine fouls, while the Bears picked up seven and two yellow cards.
- Gianluca Tommasi started in goal for Catawba, playing all 90 minutes and making seven saves.
- Lenoir-Rhyne keeper Alexander Langer earned the win, saving 6-of-7 shots on goal in 90 minutes of action.

Next Up:
Catawba returns home Saturday for a conference tilt against Anderson at 7:30 p.m. Senior Joe English will be honored in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.

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