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.
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