L-R Men's Soccer Suffers 3-1 Setback To No. 19 Mars Hill
October 10, 2012
Freshman Santiago Asprilla scores the lone goal for the Bears in the loss
Junior goalkeeper Stefan Dill notched 10 saves on the night for Lenoir-Rhyne in a 3-1 defeat to No. 19 Mars Hill Wednesday in a league match in Mars Hill, N.C.
Mars Hill, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (5-5-2, 2-3-1) saw its four-match winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 loss to No. 19 Mars Hill (10-2, 5-1) Wednesday night at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
The Lions' Stephen Bivens (Douglasville, Ga.) scored twice as Mars Hill won its second straight match and moved into a first-place tie with Wingate atop the league standings.
Bivens opened the scoring at the 22:50 mark of the first half on a deflection off the post.
The contest remained 1-0 until Mars Hill's Shadi Harb (San Andres, COLUMBIA) scored on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute of the match.
Bivens scored Mars Hill's last goal of the night in the 63rd minute off a long pass from Chad Langley (Longview, Texas), who finished with a pair of assists in the match.
L-R avoided the shutout when freshman forward Santiago Asprilla (Gastonia, N.C.) scored his second goal in as many matches in the 81st minute. Freshman midfielder Raffaelle Di Puorto (High Point, N.C.) was credited with the assist for the Bears.
Mars Hill's Zac Scott (Pittsboro, N.C.) notched the win in goal for the Lions as he allowed just one score while stopping four shots. L-R junior goalkeeper Stefan Dill (Southampton, BERMUDA) took the loss despite tallying 10 saves on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Carson-Newman in a conference contest as part of Homecoming weekend on Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex. The match is also Senior Night for the Bears.
Mars Hill, meanwhile, remains at home to host league-rival Newberry on its Senior Night Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., as well.