SALISBURY, NC – Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team scored two goals Kara gavaghan – one in each half – and beat SAC Rival Queens 2-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday afternoon in Catawba. The Bears avenge a loss to the Royals in the semifinals of the SAC tournament just nine days ago and travel to St. Augustine, Fla. To face Flagler in the Sweet 16.
“Very proud of the mental strength of the girls”, head coach Gary Higgins noted. “They used the last loss to Queens as motivation for this one. I told them when they feel tired just imagine the feeling they had after the SAC semi-final game and keep pushing. We were able to do it on the defensive side and take advantage of offensive opportunities.
“When you look up the word ‘clutch’ in the dictionary, that of Kara Gavaghan the image should be right next to it. ”
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
- Final: Lenoir-Rhyne 2, Reines 0
- Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (12-5-3), Queens (16-5-1)
- Location: Salisbury, North Carolina | Catawba College
- Gavaghan scored in the 15th and 47th minutes for his 3rd and 4th goals of the season. She scored two goals in two different games, the first being in the regular season final against Carson-Newman.
- The first goal was assisted by Kate casey and Madi Kyle, and the second was attended by Allie Zueger on a beautiful cross.
- The Queens had the upper hand in many stat categories, but LR ultimately led in the category that matters most.
- The Royals outscored the Bears 17-8, 8-3 with shots on goal. The Bears scored on two of their three shots on goal against first-team Conference All-Star goaltender Erica Turner.
- Grayson cameron got his second straight clean sheet and eighth of the year. In both games of the NCAA tournament, she stopped all 13 shots she faced.
- Queens had the advantage on corners 5-2.
- The Bears committed 21 fouls against the 12.
- In three games with the Royals this season, the Bears have conceded just one goal.
BEYOND BOX SCORE
- This year marks the first time since 2010 that the Bears have won multiple NCAA tournament games in one season. LR won three tournament games in his very first appearance in the event this 2010 season.
- Four of the six all-time NCAA tournament wins in the program’s history have come on the road.
- Gavaghan has been clutching, especially at Catawba. The second from La Crosse, Wisc. scored the game-winning overtime goal against Catawba in the semi-finals of the SAC tournament last spring, in addition to scoring the game-winning goal in that game.
- Gavaghan also won the game against Carson-Newman in the regular season finale.
- This is the second straight season LR has beaten Queens in the playoffs. Last season, the Bears beat the Royals 2-1 in overtime in the championship game of the SAC tournament.
- Two All-Conference players did not play in the game for LR. Ria acton came out with an injury, and Leonie Proessl was suspended due to a red card in the previous match.
FOLLOWING: The Bears will advance to the regional final where they will face Flagler on Thursday, December 2 or Friday, December 3. The time and location of the match will be announced soon.