The Lees-McRae College Bobcats soccer team, ranked #23 in the country, took on King College Tornado in non-conference action at King Monday evening. The Bobcats dropped the road game 3-2, falling to 4-3-1 (1-1 CVAC).
The host Tornado jumped on the Bobcats early, out shooting the visitors 11-3 in the first half. Dylan Lawrence shut the door in the Bobcats goal as the Tornado peppered him with shots. However, Lawrence could not get behind a Dean Hughes header that gave the home side a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. Minutes later, Kyle McGimsey was sent off with a red card, leaving the Bobcats with ten players on the field. However, the determined Bobcats battled back to tie the score shortly afterwards in the 25th minute when Berin Boracic found the back of the net. The Tornado's Michael Houbre put King up 2-1 heading into halftime after connecting on a corner kick.
Both teams came out hungry for the win in the second with Diego Cordiero knotting the score at two with a goal in the 59th minute. Six minutes later, Alex Mendy made good on a Tornado penalty kick to give the home side the 3-2 lead. The Bobcats would continue to press for the equalizer but were unable to muster anymore offence as they continued to play short one man.
"We played hard and with emotion, showing much character and heart playing down one player for three quarter's of the game," commented Head Coach Chris Whalley. "However, mistakes are always going to cost you. Tonight they cost us the game."
The Bobcats will play their final non-conference game Thursday at Tate Field when they host USC-Upstate at 6:00p.m.