NEWBERRY — A late penalty kick from Lenoir-Rhyne (12-3-2, 8-2-1) was the deciding factor in Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 final at Smith Road Complex.
The Bears are battling for a first place finish in the South Atlantic Conference.
Newberry (7-10-1, 4-6-1), who earned a birth into the SAC Women’s Soccer Championship earlier this week, earned their goal from senior Lindsay Huber on Senior Day.
Shortly after a Newberry corner kick, Lenoir-Rhyne attempted to clear the ball from their own goal, however, the native from Selden, N.Y. one-timed the failed clearance from 18 yards out.
The goal in the 59th minute tied the game at one, before the Bears put home the game winner in the 78th minute.
Hannah Van eerden put Lenoir-Rhyne ahead in the 51st minute, notching her fifth goal of the season.
Both teams registered 15 shots in the match, but the Bears held the advantage 7-5 with shots on goal.
Huber led the way registering five shots on the afternoon. Another senior in Erika Linch uncorked four shots for Newberry.
Alyssa Ortega and Rachelle Serrano added two shots apiece.
Newberry goalkeeper Madison Putnam recorded five saves for the Wolves. Andrea Leano added three saves for the Bears.
Newberry will be on the road Nov. 1 for the quarterfinals of the SAC Tournament. Details on who Newberry will face, will be announced soon.
This release was provided by Newberry College.