Scruggs
LRC

HICKORY, N.C. -- Lenoir-Rhyne advanced in penalty kicks 5-3 against Columbus State Sunday in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at the Moretz Sports-Athletic Complex. The match was scoreless after two overtimes.

The 13th-ranked Bears will also be making their second consecutive trip to the round of 16.

Columbus State, ranked No. 20, held a 23-12 advantage in shots but Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Caitlin Scruggs kept the Cougars without a goal for 110 minutes of action while tallying nine saves. The shutout was Scruggs' six of the season.

Columbus State's goalkeeper Mary Mancin also registered the shutout, as she stopped four Bear shots on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne and seventh-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State face off next, competing against each other in the regional championship for the second consecutive year. In 2010, the Bears shut out the Pirates 1-0 in Tampa, Fla.