BANNER ELK, N.C. - Berin Boracic scored two goals and had the assist on Richard Guffens' game-winning goal as the No. 1 Lees-McRae College Bobcats (13-0-1) defeated the Tusculum College Pioneers (8-4-1), 4-1, Saturday in nonconference men's soccer action.
The Bobcats broke onto the scoreboard with five minutes left before the end of the first half when Guffens laid a pass off to a cutting Luke Perry. Perry ripped a shot 30-yard shot just under the crossbar to give the Bobcats the 1-0 lead.
Marc Joseph tied the score in the 65th minute for Tusculum when he received a pass from Anteneh Lemma and launched a shot from 20-yards for the goal.
But five minutes later, Guffens got his head on a Boracic corner for the game winner. Boracic sent a bending ball into the box, where Guffens worked through the Tusculum defense to snap the header into the net to make it 2-1.
Boracic followed with his first goal of the match less than a minute later when he received a long pass from Luke Perry. Boracic outran the Pioneers back line and flipped a shot over the charging keeper.
The game got its final goal in the 81st minute when Boracic received a pass from Grant Elder and scored. Elder collected the ball on a pass from David Palmer that was deflected by a Tusculum defender. Elder found a cutting Boracic, who finished near post to make it 4-1.
Sean paradise made six saves for the Bobcats between the pipes.
Lees-McRae held a slight shot advantage, 12-11, and both teams had four corner kicks during the match.
The match was a rematch from the 2008 NCAA Tournament's Round of 16, where the Bobcats fell 2-0. The Bobcats also fell to Tusculum 2-1 during the regular season.
Lees-McRae will host North Georgia College and State University Tuesday at 5 p.m. for their next match.