No. 19 Falcons edge Bobcats in season opener

No. 19 Falcons edge Bobcats in season opener
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BANNER ELK, N.C. --- No. 19 University of Montevallo tallied the lone goal of the match in the eighth minute on Thursday night en route to a narrow 1-0 win over Lees-McRae College in men's soccer action at Tate Field.

Lees-McRae (0-1) outshot the Falcons (1-0) by a 14-9 margin, including a 7-4 edge in the first half, while holding a narrow 5-4 advantage in corners. The Falcons took the lead at the end of the eighth minute, when an attempted clear fell directly to Rickey Davey at the top of the area, putting Davey in perfect position to smash the finish inside the far post to put Montevallo up 1-0.

The Bobcats held their own for the remainder of the first half, outshooting the Falcons by a 5-0 margin over the final 10 minutes of the period. Lees-McRae continued to push the tempo early in the second half, dictating proceedings throughout the opening moments of the period while outshooting the Falcons by a 5-0 margin in the first 12 minutes.

Freshman James Smith (Eastbourne, England) had perhaps the Bobcats' best chance at an equalizer in the 81st minute, when a loose ball fell to the midfielder at the top of the area. Smith did not even let the ball touch the pitch, sending a purely struck volley towards goal, which was parried over the bar by the Montevallo keeper.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Bobcats host No. 22 Flagler College at Tate Field to close out the second annual Michael Shope Memorial Tournament. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. following a special ceremony to honor the Shope family.

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