|October 28, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LR||12:07||Ignacio de Goya (Kevin Nadeau )|
|LR||41:01||Ismael Noumansana (Ignacio de Goya )|
|NBY||45:32||Till Neumann (Daniel Reyes )|
|NBY||62:36||Till Neumann (Claus Lehland )|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||LR|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (6)||24 (8)|
HICKORY, N.C. - The Newberry College men's soccer team gave the No. 3 regionally ranked Lenoir-Rhyne all they could handle in the regular season finale, but fell in the match 4-3.
Lenoir-Rhyne (10-2-3, 6-2-2 SAC) went on the attack from the outset, launching the first goal of the contest in the first two minutes of the contest. Joseph Linley scored off of a blocked shot into the left side of the net. The Wolves (5-8-3, 3-6-1 SAC) would get on the board as Pedro Campos would take a deep shot from outside the box to sail high into the net.
The Bears would respond six minutes later with Kevin Nadeau finding an open Ignacio de Goya in the corner, who would force a shot from five yards out. Lenoir-Rhyne would add another goal before the halftime break. In the 41st minute, Ismael Noumansana would take a header off of a cross from de Goya to give the Bear the 3-1 lead going into the half.
Till Neumann would bring the Wolves within one, just a few seconds into the second half. A speeding Daniel Reyes would find Neumann would took a hard strike into the corner of the goal. Lenoir Rhyne's Marc Fernandez would give the team the two point edge off of a free kick outside the box.
With time dwindling down, Claus Lehland would see a striking Neumann, who headed the ball to bring the Wolves back within one. Although the team recorded eight shots in the second half, they could not connect in the final minutes to seal the deal. The Wolves were outshot by the Bears 24-15 in the contest. Newberry had a 4-3 edge in saves thanks to reigning HERO of the Week Bradley Dixon. Neumann racked up five shots in the match, with two being on frame.
"We showed a lot of desire and heart to come back from a 2 goal deficit,” stated head coach Bryce Cooper. “We had a lot of chances late to tie it up and go into overtime but we just ran out of time. LRU is a nationally ranked team for a reason and they were better than us in the first half, but I thought we outplayed them in the second half. While we aren't getting into the conference tournament like we would have preferred, we are in and that's all that matters! This is a great step forward for our program and we are excited to play in the postseason".
Newberry embarks on the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship for the first time since 2009. The Wolves' only win in the tourney was Nov. 4, 2003, when the seventh seeded Newberry went on the road to beat the number two seed Presbyterian. The number eight seeded Wolves will face off against Wingate, the reigning national champions on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.