Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team scored five goals in the second half on its way to a 6-1 victory in its regular season finale Saturday evening at Emmanuel (GA) College. The win improves LMC to 10-4-3 overall and 7-3-0 in conference matches.
Senior midfielder Nathan Watt paced all Bobcats with four points in Saturday's win with a goal and a pair of assists. With the pair of assists, Watt has 14 helpers on the season, which is the fifth-most by a Bobcat player in the history of the program and most since 1999.
Fellow senior Tom Deeley had three points with a goal and an assist. Deeley's goal was his 13th of the season, which is the most for a Bobcat since 2014 when James Galvani also had 13 goals. It also marked the ninth time in 17 matches this season that Deeley has three or more points in a match.
Pol Vassart, Matthew Dunn, Cameron Morton and James Morgan accounted for the other four goals for the Bobcats. For Vassart, it marked his 10th of the season moving into sole possession of second place on the conference's goal scoring list. Dunn netted his second goal in three games, while Morgan and Morton both netted their first goals of the season with those markers on Saturday. Rounding out the point scorers for Lees-McRae were solo assists from Anders Stoakes and David Frederick.
The five assists by LMC players Saturday gives the team 60 on the season. This mark not only leads the league but it is also the fifth-most by a Bobcat team in a single season. It is also the most for the team since 2009.
In goal, the duo of Tyler Pavlet and Logan Greene both saw time in net. Pavlet picked up the win after stopping all three shots he faced in a little over 76 minutes of action. Pavlet's record improves to 10-4-3 on the season with the win. Additionally, it was Pavlet's 26th career win moving him into a tie with former Bobcat net-minder Dale Kukucka for the fifth-most wins by a goalkeeper in program history.
By virtue of today's loss by Belmont Abbey at Chowan, the Bobcats will be the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Conference Carolinas Tournament. For the third straight season, Lees-McRae will matchup against Erskine in the quarterfinals as the Flying Fleet earned the No. 7 seed. LMC shut out the Flying Fleet just one week ago at Tate Field, 7-0. Kickoff for this matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday from Tate Field.