Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
GAFFNEY, S.C. – No. 10 Limestone College scored with 28 seconds to go in regulation Wednesday to down the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team by the score of 2-1. The loss moves Lees-McRae's record to 7-4-2 on the season and 4-3 in Conference Carolinas matchups.
The Saints did not wait long to pull ahead of Lees-McRae Wednesday. Ruairi Croskery scored just 1:29 into the match to give his team the early advantage. The Bobcats would even things at 1-1 though in the 24th minute when Pol Vassart received a pass from Harvey McMorrow and got it past the Limestone keeper. Vassart has now scored a goal in four of his past five games, while McMorrow added to his league-leading assist number with his eighth of the season.
Both teams continued to battle for the rest of the first half, which carried over to the second. There were several opportunities for either team to find the go-ahead goal, but that effort was thwarted one way or another. As mentioned earlier, the go-ahead goal was eventually scored with 28 seconds to go in regulation when Limestone's Dominic Boland got control of a rebound and popped it over LMC's goalkeeper to win the game for the Saints, 2-1.
Tyler Pavlet was saddled with the loss for Lees-McRae, which moves his record to 7-4-2 on the season. Pavlet stopped five Limestone shots Wednesday. The five-save effort is the fourth such effort for the Goodyear, Arizona native this fall.
Lees-McRae will return to action next Wednesday when it closes out its non-conference schedule at Newberry College. Kickoff for that contest is set for 4 p.m.