BANNER ELK, NC - Four members of the 2007 Lees-McRae College Bobcats soccer team were named to the Daktronics All American team that was announced Wednesday afternoon. The Bobcats finished the season as the number two team in the country and qualified for the NCAA Elite Eight before falling to #18 Montevallo to end their season with a 21-2-1 record, the best in program history.
After making history as the first team ever to claim the Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament Championships in the same season, the Bobcats earned a berth in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship for the first time in program history. After defeating conference rival Queens in first round action, the Bobcats topped #19 Lander University in the Sweet Sixteen to claim the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship before having their storybook season come to a close in the Elite Eight.
Leading the way is freshman defender Tom Brailsford who was named to the All America First Team. A native of Rotherham, England, Brailsford has stepped into the backline for the Bobcats like a seasoned veteran, starting every game. The left back has two goals and recorded nine assists this season, using excellent placement of the ball from both the corner and his backline position. Brailsford has helped the Bobcats to thirteen shutouts this season, and a Conference best 0.65 goals against average. Earlier this season, Brailsford was named Third Team All Conference Carolinas, and First Team Daktronics All Southeast Region.
Bursting onto the college soccer scene in 2007, Lee Squires was named to the Daktronics All America Second Team. The Sheffield, England native led Conference Carolinas in both goals and points since the beginning of the season, finishing with 24 goals, 6 assists and 54 points. Squires' 24 goals this season is a new Lees-McRae single season record, breaking the old record of 20 set by current MLS star Khano Smith '02 (New England Revolution). The 24 goals are also the second most in the nation, while his 2.25 points per game average is tenth in the country. A two time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week this season, Squires' All American accolades cap a freshman season that also saw him earn First Team All Conference Carolinas, First Team All Southeast Region, Conference Carolinas Tournament MVP and NCAA Southeast Region All Tournament.
Junior Berin Boracic caps his junior year in Bobcats green and gold with a Third Team selection to the Daktronics All America Team. A three time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week, Boracic placed second in Conference scoring to Squires in both goals (18), and points (47), while ranking first in assists with 11, setting new career highs in each category. Earlier this season the Orlando, FL native was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year, First Team All Conference Carolinas, and First Team Daktronics All Southeast Region.
Dale Parker rounds out the Bobcats selections to the Daktronics All America Teams picking up Honorable Mention accolades. The native of Worksop, England cemented himself as the anchor of the Bobcats defense, helping the Conference Carolinas Champions to a conference best 0.65 goals against average and 13 shutouts. The sophomore has also chipped in offensively this season, scoring three goals, including one game winner and adding a pair of assists. In addition to his All America selection, Parker was named First Team All Conference Carolinas and First Team Daktronics All Southeast Region.
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Tom Brailsford
PICTURED ABOVE TOP: Lee Squires about to score the game winning goal in the 107th minute of the Conference Carolinas Championship against Queens
PICTURED ABOVE BOTTOM: Dale Parker deflects a corner kick
towards the Belmont Abbey goal in Conference Carolinas Tournament