NEWLAND, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Bobcats used four first half goals to advance to the finals of the NCAA men' soccer Southeast Regional hosted by Lees-McRae with a 6-3 win over the Wingate University Bulldogs Friday at Avery High School.
With the win, Lees-McRae is 16-2-1 overall and will play Anderson in the regional finals and Sweet Sixteen match Sunday at 2 p.m. with the location to be determined. Wingate season ends with a 13-5-1 record.
Wingate scored the first goal of the match when Jack Vundum scored in ninth minute to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead. Jamie McKenna served a cross that Vundum headed the ball into the net past the Bobcat keeper.
Jamie Bladen answered for Lees-McRae in the 13th minute to tie the match. Jamie Price played a cross that was brought down by Richard Guffens to the feet of Bladen, who struck it for the volley and the goal.
In the 14th minute, Lees-McRae got a break on a Wingate own goal to make it 2-1, but scored again in the 38th when Luke Perry found David Palmer on the back post. Palmer slammed home the goal to give the Bobcats, 3-1 lead.
Three minutes later Bladen scored his second goal of the match on a broken play off a corner kick. Bladen corralled the ball put it away for the game to give Lees-McRae a 4-1 lead heading into the half.
The Bobcats tallied there fifth goal 46 seconds into the second half when Wingate scored another own to make it 5-1, and tallied their sixth and final goal of the match in 47th minute when Lee Squires knock home a penalty kick.
Wingate fought back and scored three minutes later when Corey McCollom scored on a Felippe Imperatriz assists.
The Bulldogs scored the final goal of the match in the 56 minute when Luke Mulholland collected a blasted a shot from just outside the 18-yard box for the goal to give the game the final of 6-3.
Sean Paradise earned the win between the pipes for the Bobcats with four saves, and Joey Calandra made four saves for the Bulldogs.
Wingate outshot Lees-McRae 17-14, but Lees-McRae ten shots on goal compared to Wingate's seven.
Wingate held a 9-2 corner kick advantage.