BANNER ELK, NC--The #2 Lees-McRae Bobcats defeated Belmont Abbey Crusaders Wednesday evening 2-0 at Tate Field, wrapping up their Conference Carolinas schedule with a 9-1 record and the number one seed in next week's Conference Tournament. The Bobcats overall record improves to 15-1-1 while the Crusaders slip to 11-8 (5-4 Conference Carolinas).
Junior midfielder Kyle McGimsey (Plant City, FL) opened the scoring for the Bobcats with his fifth of the season in the 30th minute. Conference Carolinas leading scorer Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) used some fancy footwork to dribble around a pair of Crusader defenders at the top of the 18 yard box before crossing the ball to McGimsey who made no mistake in depositing the ball in the back of the net.
After holding the 1-0 cushion after halftime, the Bobcats came out hungry for more, looking to put away the Crusaders early. After eight minutes of pressure, McGimsey would bury his second of the game and sixth of the season in the 53rd minute to give the home side a more comfortable two goal cushion. With just over three minutes to play, the Crusaders would turn things up a notch, gaining three straight corner kicks within a minute. However the Conference Carolinas top defensive team would weather the storm and keep a clean slate on the scoreboard, giving goalkeeper Sean Paradise (North Point, FL) his conference leading sixth shutout, and the team's seventh on the season.
Paradise would register six saves in the contest while the Abbey's Bryan Alenky would pick up a pair.
The Bobcats will hit the road for their final game of the regular season, traveling to Chowan College for a non-conference contest Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. As the top seed in next week's Conference Carolinas Tournament, the Bobcats will host a quarterfinal game next Tuesday at Tate Field, with game time and opponent to be announced.
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Kyle McGimsey
PICTURED BOTTOM LEFT: Sean Paradise