November 3, 2009

Bobcats Notch Eight Goals to Advance to the Semifinals in Win Over Knights

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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The No. 7 and top seeded Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's soccer team defeated the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Knights 8-0 in the Quarterfinals of the 2009 Conference Carolinas Tournament Tuesday night at Tate Field on Senior Day.

With the win, The Bobcats improve to 15-1-1 overall and advance to the semifinals, which will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at home against fifth seed Coker. St. Andrews' season ends with a 5-11 record.

Prior to the match, Lees-McRae honored their five members of the Class of 2010: Berin Boracic, Ignacio Falco, Sean Paradise, Dylan Lawrence and Dale Parker.

Lees-McRae got on the scoreboard in the fourth minute when Jamie Price sent a cross into the box to Richard Guffens. Guffens brought the ball out of the air and finished to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, Parker connected with a corner kick from Luke Staats to make 2-0. Eight minutes later on another Bobcat corner Staats found Price who played a quality cross to Guffens on the post for the goal.

The fourth goal came just two minutes later in the 19th minute, when Luke Perry played a pass to Sam Kennedy who laid it off to Boracic. Boracic launched a laser to the near post for the goal. Boracic struck again three minutes later on a Guffens assist. Guffens intercepted the St. Andrews' goal kick and played the ball to a streaking Boracic for the one-timer to make it 5-0.

The Bobcat scored their final goal of the first half when Jamie Bladen put a left footed shot into the net to make it 6-0 at the break.

Reiko Trott scored the first goal of the second half and his goal of the season. The goal came on a through pass from Grant Elder.

The eighth and final goal of the match came on an own goal from a St. Andrews defender in the 86th minute.

Seniors Paradise and Lawrence combined for the shutout with Lawrence making the only save for the Bobcats. The Knights keeper, William Williams, made eight saves, five in the second half.

Lees-McRae outshot St. Andrews 30-3 and held a 10-1 corner kick advantage.

The Bobcats front line was called offsides 16 times in the match.

"I am very proud of this senior class," head coach Chris Whalley said. They have played hard for me for four years now and glad to see it has paid off. We played well tonight and took care of business. Now we have to get ready for Coker in the semifinals."

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