Lenoir-Rhyne scored two second half goals to break a 1-1 halftime stalemate and held off a late Belmont Abbey surge to earn a 3-2 men's soccer victory this afternoon at Alumni Field. The Bears improve to 3-1, while the Abbey slips to 2-2.
Lenoir-Rhyne wasted no time getting on the board, as Chris Pitharas scored an unassisted marker just 1:59 into the contest.28 minutes later, the Crusaders deadlocked the game at one as Declan McQuillan assisted on Tarik Amon's first goal of the year, a shot from the left corner of the box.The match remained tied at one through the end of the half, but in the 60th minute the Bears moved ahead for good as Ben Jones beat Kyle Searles to push L-R ahead, 2-1.
Eight minutes later, the lead grew to 3-1 on a Mattias Thompson unassisted tally, but the Abbey pulled one back late as McQuillan added a goal to his earlier assist with a strike, but it was not enough as the Bears held on for the victory.Lenoir-Rhyne outshot the Abbey 14-11 but the Abbey held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Searles stopped three shots, while Stefan Dill collected four saves.