BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Senior captain Luke Duffy
(Wakefield, England) tallied the deciding goal just over five
minutes into the first overtime period on Saturday afternoon at
Tate Field, leading the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team to a
narrow 1-0 victory over visiting St. Andrews Presbyterian College
in Conference Carolinas play.
Lees-McRae (3-1, 1-0 CC) controlled the run of play for much of
the match, outshooting the Knights (1-3, 0-1 CC) by a 26-2 margin,
including a 12-1 advantage in the first half. The Bobcats also held
a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks, as James Smith (Eastbourne,
England), David Palmer (South Shields, England), and Preston
Shahdad (Charlotte, N.C.) each tallied a match-high four shots.
The match remained scoreless throughout regulation, despite
several magnificent scoring chances by the Bobcats in the second
half. Lees-McRae controlled the tempo of the match in extra time,
making a pair of attempts on frame before Duffy came through in the
clutch, delivering a strong finish into the back of the net after
claiming a loose ball in the area at the 95:09 mark.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Bobcats
travel to Bristol, Tenn. to take on conference newcomer King
College in a 5 p.m. matchup.