Hickory, N.C. – In search of a road victory at the Moretz Sports-Athletic Complex, the Lander men's soccer team came up empty against Lenoir-Rhyne on Sunday night, falling 3-0 to the host Bears in front of a crowd of 350 fans.
Lander (1-1) managed 14 shots, while the Bears fired off 22 on the evening. An early tally for Lenoir-Rhyne (2-0) put the Bearcats behind and a pair of second half goals secured the win for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne's Ignacio de Goya opened the scoring for his squad in the 11th minute on a free kick to give the Bears the lead.
Richard Bryan forced Lenoir-Rhyne goalkeeper Zach King to make a pair of first-half stops, but the Bearcats could not find the equalizer. Lenoir-Rhyne stretched the lead to 2-0 at the 53:54 mark when Florian Simon netted a goal off a rebound from Ismael Noumansana. The Bears would put the match away in the 75th minute on a Noumansana goal, assisted by Holden Bryant and de Goya.
Aleksander Holboe earned his first career start in goal and played all 90 minutes for the Bearcats, making four saves. King tallied six saves for Lenoir-Rhyne.
Lander returns home to tangle with rival Erskine on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.