Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Behind a pair of second half goals from freshman Johannes Oeksnevad, the No. 17 Lees-McRae College men's soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upend King (Tenn.) University by a score of 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in Bristol, Tenn. The victory moves Lees-McRae's record to an unblemished 4-0-1 mark overall, including a 2-0-0 record in league matches.
The Tornado struck first as in the sixth minute of play their leading scorer Carlos Saavedra netted a goal to give his team a quick 1-0 lead. Following Saavedra's goal, King scored again in the 32nd minute on a header from Ben Allan to make it 2-0 Tornado.
With his team down by a pair of goals and needing a shot in the arm, senior Tom Deeley provided just that as he took a pass from Anders Stoakes and netted his sixth goal of the season to pull the Bobcats back within one with just under eight minutes to go until halftime. The score remained at 2-1 for the remainder of the first and it marked just the second time this season that the Bobcats have trailed at the intermission.
Following the break, the Bobcats continued to put pressure on the Tornado defense. LMC ended up outshooting the King 8-5 in the final 45 minutes. The added pressure from Lees-McRae eventually paid off as Oeksnevad netted goals in 71st and 82nd minutes of action to put the Bobcats on top for good as they finished off the 3-2 victory. Setting up Oeksnevad for both of his goals Wednesday was Harvey McMorrow who picked up assists on both plays. Over the past two matches, McMorrow has assisted on five of the seven goals that the team has scored.
In goal, senior goalkeeper Tyler Pavlet picked up his fourth win of the 2017 season Wednesday. The Goodyear, Arizona native stopped seven of the nine Tornado shots he faced in the contest. The seven saves were the second-most for Pavlet in a match so far this fall.
Lees-McRae, now 4-0-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference matches, will look to keep its unbeaten record intact Saturday when it travels to Mount Olive for another conference tilt. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.