JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman (2-4-2, 1-2-1 SAC) suffered a heart-wrenching 3-2 defeat to Lenoir-Rhyne (6-2-1, 3-0-1 SAC) Saturday afternoon.
The first goal came for the Bears in the 15th minute of first half when Garcelle Alequine received a through ball from Ariel Dominguez and placed the ball in the lower left corner of the net.
"We didn't stop fighting," Carson-Newman head coach Richard Moodie said. "It was one of our best performances of the season."
Nine minutes later, Alequine got her second goal of the match assisted by Leah Mullins.
Thirty minutes into the second half, Kendall Smith put in the third goal for the Bears with a one-time shot off her own rebounded shot blocked by the keeper.
In the 80th minute, freshman Gabrielle Gianeselli (Knoxville, Tenn.) picked off a mishit clear by the Bears' keeper and took a shot from thirty yards out to make it 3-2.
"We would have liked a result," Moodie said, "but I think we gained a lot of respect."
Lenoir-Rhyne outshot the Eagles 16 to 8. Hanna Kiebel led the Bears in shots with five taken and one on net. Alequine released four shots and landed three on frame.
"There were a lot of good performances by upperclassmen," Moodie said. "They led the way."
Junior captain Sidnee Edwards (Knoxville, Tenn.) had three shots for the Eagles, one of which was on goal. Gianeselli took two shots and placed both on net.
Edwards, Gianeselli and Gregg are all tied for overall points with seven on the season.
"Today's game was a great platform for us to build on," Moodie said, "going into a week of conference games."
The Eagles continue conference play at Lincoln Memorial at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.