Bobcats Earn Draw With #12 Saints
The Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's soccer team earned a hard fought 2-2 draw in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference action Tuesday night at Tate Field against rival Limestone. The tie leaves the Bobcats with a 6-5-2 record, 3-2-1 in CVAC play.
Berin Boracic scored his tenth goal of the season just six minutes in, giving the Bobcats the early 1-0 lead. Matt Lacey sent Boracic on a chase with a beautifully placed ball through a pair of Saints defenders. Boracic used his speed to win the ball and bury a shot to the far post past the Saints' Ryan Robinson. The Bobcats would continue their pressure through the first half, out shooting the Saints, ranked #12 in the nation, 9-5 and taking their one goal lead into halftime.
The second half saw the Saints prove just why they are a ranked team, chipping away at the Bobcat defense and finally breaking through with goals from Tom Beattie and Ali Benson in the 64th and 76th minute respectively. The Bobcats, who controlled much of the chippy affair, would not be discouraged by the momentum change and continued to generate opportunities. Diego Cordiero (pictured) would solve Robinson in the game's 90th minute with a header, connecting off of a Kyle McGimsey service, sending the game to extra time.
Early into extra time, Boracic was booked for a red card. In the end, the two ten minute overtime periods would solve nothing, adding eleven fouls to the game total of 44, as each team pushed for the win.
The Bobcats out shot the Saints 22-10 over the course of the game's 110 minutes.
"We played hard tonight and I am extremely proud of the boys," commented Head Coach Chris Whalley. "We deserved to win the game tonight. Even playing one man down, we were still the aggressors. If we can continue our play through the weekend against Mount Olive for homecoming, and in our remaining games on the road, I am confident we can be successful in our conference tournament."
The Bobcats will host Mount Olive in a 3:30p.m. game as part of Lees-McRae's homecoming this Saturday at Tate Field. The women will face off against the Lady Trojans at 1:00p.m.