|October 25, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|NBY||23:29||Davis Bryan (Paul Marie )|
|NBY||28:31||Bennett Murphy (Mario Stojkoski )|
|Stats at a Glance||LR||NBY|
|Shots (on Goal)||24 (11)||19 (8)|
NEWBERRY – A trio of Newberry goals in the first half was enough to lift the Wolves past second place Lenoir-Rhyne and keep their SAC tournament hopes alive on senior day as they beat the Bears 3-1.
All four goals were scored in five minutes of play midway through the first half. Nebwerry jumped out to a two goal lead before Lenoir-Rhyne answered only to have Bennett Murphy put the game out of reach just a minute afterwards.
Newberry got the first point on the board in the 24th minute when Paul Marie (Saint-Aubin-des-Bois, France) took the ball down the flank and into the box where he fired a shot that was initially stopped by Jorge Hernandez. The rebound came off to the feet of Davis Bryan (Dacula, Ga.) who only needed one touch to put the ball into the net.
The Wolves doubled their lead four minutes later junior forward Lucas Ferreira (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) settled the ball off a deflection and shot the ball to the far post and past the keeper to make it 2-0. The goal was Ferreira’s team-high seventh on the season.
The Bears wouldn’t roll over as Ben Jones dribbled into Newberry’s box from the wing and fired a shot past senior goalkeeper Nick Lucido (Lakeland, Fla.) who had no chance.
Newberry would put the game out of reach a minute later as Mario Stojkoski (Skopje, Macedonia) fed Bennett Murphy (Hilton Head, S.C.) just outside the penalty area. Murphy took a touch and hit an absolute firecracker into the top corner of the net to make it 3-1.
Lenoir-Rhyne would have a few chances to equalize but Lucido stood tall and made nine saves on the day. The Bears held a 24-19 advantage in shots and an 11-8 edge in shots on goal but the Wolves defense held on the way to securing a massive three points.
The win keeps Newberry alive as they attempt to qualify for the SAC tournament with the first round taking place on Nov. 4th.
The Wolves will return to action in their last home game on Tuesday as they welcome Belmont Abbey to the Smith Road Complex at 3 p.m.