Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team handed Belmont Abbey its first conference loss of 2017 Saturday evening Tate Field by a score of 2-1. The victory is the second straight for Lees-McRae and it improves its record to 7-3-2 overall and 4-2 in conference contests.
The Bobcats got the scoring started Saturday with the fifth goal of the season from Pol Vasssart. Vassart, who has scored a goal in three of the last four matches for LMC, headed in a cross from Nathan Watt to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 advantage on BAC.
Belmont Abbey would even the score at one in the 42nd minute when Julien Armaroli headed in a free kick from Patrick Kibler. The score would remain deadlocked at 1-1 heading into the intermission. After the halftime break, the Bobcats ramped up the offensive intensity out-shooting Belmont Abbey 7-4 in the final 45 minutes. The added pressure from Lees-McRae paid off as Johannes Oeksnevad headed in a free kick from James Morgan for the game-winning goal in the 69th minute.
Tyler Pavlet picked up his seventh win of the season in goal for the Bobcats after stopping two of the three shots he faced. The seven wins for Pavlet matches a career-high for the Goodyear, Arizona native in one season as he also posted seven wins in 2015.
The next match for Lees-McRae may be its toughest one yet as it travels to Gaffney, S.C. to take on Limestone next Wednesday. The Saints currently sit in first place in the Conference Carolinas standings with 13 points with the Bobcats nipping at their heels with 12 points. Kickoff for Wednesday's match is set for 7:30 p.m.