ANDERSON, SC - The Lees-McRae Bobcats soccer team suffered their first loss of the season Saturday afternoon, dropping a 1-0 contest in overtime in Conference Carolinas action to Anderson University. The upset win over the 11th ranked Bobcats improves the Trojans record to 3-4 (2-0 Conference Carolinas) while the Bobcats now stand at 5-1-1 (1-1 Conference Carolinas).
Lahnden Onger took a pass from Zach Denson and connected from the left wing in the 98th minute to give the Trojans the win and keep them perfect in conference play. The match was a physical affair with 49 fouls assessed, 28 on Anderson and 21 on Lees-McRae. Both teams were also booked for five yellow cards with Anderson's goalkeeper Adrian Osborne also being whistled for a red. At the 97:35 mark, Osborne came out to challenge for the ball and collided with the Bobcats Lee Squires drawing the red card from the referee. Osborne was replaced in goal with Preston Freeman.
Freeman saw little action, as Onger ended things just under thirty seconds later to give AU the win.
"We played well for most of the game, generating chances for ourselves throughout but unfortunately none that we were able to capitalize on," commented Head Coach Chris Whalley. "We give Anderson full marks for their effort; they buried their opportunity in overtime. Our conference is full of parity; no one can take a night off with an easy game. We've got to put this behind us, regroup and focus on Wednesday's game against a tough Limestone squad."
The Bobcats held the edge in shots 11-7. Bobcats keeper Sean Paradise (pictured top left) registered one save in the contest while Osborne was credited with five.
The Bobcats will battle the Saints in Gaffney, SC Wednesday
evening. Kickoff is set for 4:00pm.