Banner Elk, NC-- The Lees-McRae College Bobcats soccer team hosted #22 University of North Carolina-Pembroke Braves Sunday afternoon at Tate Field. Two ten minute overtimes could not find a winner as the teams battled to a 1-1 draw.
After putting up four goals in a season opening win over Francis Marion Friday, the Bobcats looked to continue that momentum against the nationally ranked Braves. Kyle McGimsey got the Bobcats on the board early with a bullet from 15 yards out. During the eighth minute, with the ball in the corner of the field, sophomore Berin Boracic beat his defender one on one to find his classmate open inside the 18 yard box. McGimsey made no mistake and rifled a shot past Braves keeper Rich Sallin to give the home side an early 1-0 lead. The Braves however would not lie down and continued to pressure the Bobcats defense. Sophomore goalkeeper Dylan Lawrence was equal to the task and held the Braves scoreless in the first as the Bobcats took their 1-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
Both teams would come out strong in the second half, and Lawrence continued to keep the Braves scoreless until the 70th minute. The Braves' Miguel Ferrer would score on a penalty kick to even the score at one.
In overtime, each team had quality scoring chances; however both goalkeepers would make game saving stops on multiple occasions. Both Lawrence and Sallin finished the game with 10 saves.
"A tie is much better than a loss of course. I am pleased with how the boys worked hard throughout the game. We would have liked the win, but we're happy to gain a tie against a strong regional opponent," commented Bobcats Head Coach Chris Whalley.
The Bobcats (1-0-1) will travel to #8 Clayton State University on September 1 for a 7:30p.m. kick off.