JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Carson-Newman Eagles (4-2) men's soccer team opened their home schedule with a 2-1 win over the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (3-2) at McCown Field on Wednesday night.
The win extends Carson-Newman's winning streak to four, as the Eagles withstood a 21-shot effort by the Railsplitters.
"The boys are always just a fun team to watch," said Carson-Newman head coach Richard Moodie. "I'll be honest, they're a tough team to beat right now. They're full of confidence, they're enjoying themselves, and playing good soccer."
Carson-Newman grabbed the advantage early in the first period. In the eighth minute mark, sophomore midfielder Joao Pedro Dowsley (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) scored off of a Sindre Welo (Trondheim, Norway) corner kick to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The goal is Dowsley's second of the season.
Nearly three minutes later, Welo scored on a free kick from just outside of the box to put Carson-Newman's lead at 2-0. The goal is Welo's third of the season, and he has now scored in back-to-back matches for the Eagles.
"Week in, week out, he consistently performs," said Moodie about Welo. "Sindre Welo never has a bad day because he makes up with effort what he lacks in technical abilities. He's a great fit to our puzzle."
The Eagles maintained the 2-0 lead through the end of the first period, and into the final ten minutes of the match. LMU scored in the 84th minute mark as Chris Nash scored to cut Carson-Newman's lead to 2-1. The Eagles held off a LMU rally in the final five minutes to win by that 2-1 score.
Nash's goal ended a shutout streak for Carson-Newman goalkeeper Rumwald Le Guevel (Vannes, France). Prior to that goal, Le Guevel had not given up a goal in just over the last 285 minutes between the posts for Carson-Newman. Tonight's match was only the second time in Carson-Newman's four-match winning streak that a team has scored on Le Guevel and the Eagles.
"We can enjoy this one for sure," Moodie said. "They came in and beat us 3-0 last year, but tonight the better team won for sure."
Carson-Newman will next play on Saturday against the Wingate Bulldogs at the WU Soccer Complex in Wingate, N.C. at 7 p.m.