#13 Bobcats Squeeze past Trojans
The Lees-McRae College Bobcats soccer team opened their Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference schedule hosting Anderson University Trojans at Tate Field. The 13th ranked Bobcats pulled a 3-2 double overtime on Alex Turnello's goal in the game's 105th minute.
The Bobcats opened the scoring in the 37th minute when, from just past center, Berin Boracic (Orlando, FL) sent the ball foward with an excellent service for teammate Matt Lacey (Bury St. Edmunds, England). Lacey used his speed to out run a pair of Trojans defenders for a breakaway on goalkeeper Alex Jenkins. Lacey made no mistake one on one with the keeper to give the home side the one goal lead. Two minutes later the Bobcats extended their lead when Kyle McGimsey (Plant City, FL) gave Michael Lind (Denver, CO) a quick touch pass on a corner quick. Lind would feather a return pass to McGimsey breaking toward the inside of the field whose shot on the run sailed to the far top right corner, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead to take into halftime.
The Trojans came out flying in the second half burying back to back goals in the 54th and 55th minutes to even the score. Michael Zion headed a crossed ball to put the visitors on the board and Peter Miele evened the score with a shot from the top left of the 18 yard box.
After a scoreless first overtime, Turnello (El Paso, TX) recognized a good line, keeping him on side as he headed for the goal. McGimsey sent a beautiful cross that Turnello corralled to his feet before making four strides to give him an extra step on his defender and strike a bullet past Jenkins on the run for the win. The goal was the second in three games for Turnello and the second of his collegiate career. The victory improves the Bobcats to 4-1-1.
Three players were issued cautions in the game's final eight minutes as both teams raised their intensities trying to find the winner in regulation. Anderson's Doug Nyame and Michael Zion drew cards in the 82nd and 84th minute respectively while McGimsey was booked in the 86th.
The Bobcats will continue the CVAC schedule looking to improve to 1-0 when they host Pfeiffer University Falcons on Wednesday at 5:00p.m.