BANNER ELK, N.C. - Lee Squires scored on a free kick in the 34th minute to give the Lees-McRae Bobcats a 1-0 win over the Carson-Newman College Eagles in a non-conference match Wednesday at Tate Field.
Freshman David Palmer (Gateshead, England) set up the free kick
when he drew a foul around 20 yards out. Classmate Luke Staats
(Almere, Holland) touched the ball for the indirect kick, and
Squires (Sheffield, England) blasted the ball to the near post past
The two teams battled in the downpour for the rest of the match. In the 83rd minute Carson-Newman's Omar Cooke's shot was deflected by Bobcat keeper Sean Paradise (North Port, Fla.) off the post and cleared by Staats to seal the victory.
Squires, who was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week for his performance last week, has scored 10 of 15 Bobcat goals and has scored in all five matches.
Paradise earned the shut-out in net for the Bobcats with five saves.
"It was a good win in difficult conditions," said head coach Chris Whalley. "We took advantage on the free kick and held on, but we missed some opportunities to extend the lead."
The Bobcats open up Conference Carolinas play Saturday, September 13th in Laurinburg, N.C. against St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.
Pictured: Goalkeeper Sean Paradise