HICKORY, N.C. — Newberry (7-11-1) fell at the hands of number one seed Lenoir-Rhyne (13-3-2) by a final of 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Jessica Feronti’s two goals led the way for the Bears, which included a rocket from 30 yards out to give the Bears a 3-1 lead in the 68th minute.
Feronti added the first goal of the contest in the 29th minute, before Erika Linch converted the equalizer less than ten minutes later.
A ball played by Newberry went over the heads of the Bears’ defense, as Linch was alone in front of a charging goalkeeper in Andrea Leano.
The senior from Yuba City, Calif., booted the ball off a bounce tallying her 10th goal of the season.
In the 52nd minute, Lenoir-Rhyne regained the lead after a cross glanced off a Newberry defender and went past goalkeeper KodiJean Johnson. Johnson ended the match with five saves for the Wolves. Hannah Van Eerden added the fourth and final goal in the 79th minute.
Lenoir-Rhyne finish with 18 shots to Newberry’s 11. Linch posted five shots in the loss, and three other Wolves added two shots apiece.
The Wolves played without starters Liz Gutierrez and Rachelle Serrano for most of the second half, as both players left the match with injuries.
With the loss, it’ll wrap up the season for Newberry who will graduate six seniors: Kelly Cardew, Erika Linch, Lindsay Huber, Liz Gutierrez, Marissa Reyna, and Jessica Will.
This release was provided by Newberry College.