BANNER ELK, N.C. --- James Galvani (High Wycombe, England) tallied two goals in the first half to lead the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday evening in Conference Carolinas play. Galvani's winner came in the 36th minute as he headed in a beautiful cross from Luke Staats (Almere, Holland) to put the Bobcats up for good.
The Bobcats (7-3-1, 4-1 CC) battled to victory over the Royals (2-7, 1-5 CC), who outshot the Bobcats by a 16-13 margin, as well as holding the advantage on corner kicks by a tally of 5-4.
Galvani opened scoring in the 17th minute, taking the ball 30 yards out and after making the turn and knifing through the back line, finishing inside the far post from 12 yards distance to give the Bobcats a 1-0 advantage.
Matthew Gwilt put the Royals back on level pegging in the 28th minute, finding the back of the net from 35 yards out to even the tally at 1-1. Galvani delivered the eventual winner nine minutes later, nodding Staats' cross into the top corner for his second goal of the night.
Tyler Gibson (Gastonia, N.C.) and Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, England) combined for six saves on the evening for the Bobcats, while Simen Walmann recorded seven stops for the Royals.
The Bobcats return to the pitch on Monday, traveling to Misenheimer, N.C. to take on Pfeiffer University in a make-up of their September 25 contest, which was called due to inclement weather. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.
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