HICKORY, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team fell to Lenoir-Rhyne 4-2 Wednesday.
The Bears took an early lead with Devi Ndrita's header finding the back of the net in the sixth minute. Lenoir-Rhyne (3-1-1) added their second goal in the 28th minute off the foot of Ismael Noumansana.
The Crusaders (1-2-1) fought back adding a goal of their own in the closing minute of the first half as junior Scott Christman scored his first goal of the season collecting a rebound and striking it into the net.
The Bears scored two more goals as Noumansana put one in off a free kick (66') and a Emil Tansinda header crossed the line (70').
The Crusaders will open their conference schedule on the road in Gaffney, S.C. Saturday as they face Limestone. That game will begin at 5 pm.