October 25, 2006

Saints March over Bobcats

The Limestone College Saints marched on to the semifinals of the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference men's soccer tournament with a 4-0 win over the Lees-McRae College Bobcats in quarterfinal action Wednesday afternoon. The Bobcats see their season end with an 8-7-3 record.

The Saints set the tone of the match right away, as Tom Beattie scored his seventh game-winning goal this season one minute and 23 seconds into the game. Jacob Enstrom passed Beattie the ball at the right side of the box, shot quickly, managing to catch a Lees-McRae defender with his shot, deflecting past goalkeeper Dylan Lawerence (pictured). The Saints had their persistence pay off again 15 minutes later as Dominic Casciato scored off a pass from Ali Benson. The Bobcats were out shot seven to two in the first half.

In the second half, Limestone continued to dominate, recording eight shots to the visitors' five. Benson buried the Saints third goal in the 64th minute. Benson, who had been knocked to the ground by a defender, chipped the ball to the upper right corner of the net while still lying on his side to give Limestone the 3-0 lead. Joel Moran picked up the assist on goal. Beattie scored his second goal of the match off a pass from David Ash, giving the Saints the 4-0 victory and sending them into the CVAC semifinals for the first time in program history.

Ryan Robinson had two saves for Limestone during the game, while Lawerence had six for Lees-McRae.