Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
TIGERVILLE, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team played to its first draw of the 2018 campaign with a little help from Mother Nature, tying North Greenville 2-2 on Tuesday (Sept. 11).
Game Summary - LMC controlled the early part of the first half, before North Greenville would show some resistance in the later stages. Agustin Ortiz notched his second goal of the year set up by Pol Vassart on a missile from the top of the box in the third minute to give the Bobcats the lead. Vassart would double LMC's lead in the 20th minute with his fourth of the season, making a run straight at a defender before beating him to the left and then beating the keeper to make it 2-0. NGU would get on the board in the 38th minute on Casey Brady's first of the season, and the 2-1 score would hold at the half. North Greenville would tie the match at two in the 67th minute when Nick Robinson set up Keletso Mathathe for his first of the season, on a ball played into the box from the far side. The Bobcats would get one of their best chances on a failed clear by NGU in the 78th minute, when the ball was played to Fredrik Haave at the top of the box. Haave fired it over a crowd where it caught the cross bar behind North Greenville keeper Noah Kendrick. With 1:47 left in regulation as the heavy rain picked up, the match was sent into a lightning delay before officially being called a draw.
Stats Rundown - LMC totaled 19 shots in the contest, including putting 12 on net. Ortiz and Harvey McMorrow led the team with five shots apiece, while McMorrow put four of his shots on net and three of Ortiz's shots found the frame. Vassart totaled four shots including three on net, while Francisco Silvestre registered three shots and put one on net. Haave also recorded two shots on the night with one on net. Lees-McRae won the battle for corner kicks 8-3 on the night. LMC also held North Greenville to only eight shots on the night. Anton Sundstrom (1-3-1, 0-0-1 CC) made two saves in the contest.
Up Next - The Bobcats are back in action next Wednesday (Sept. 19) when they host Tusculum in non-conference action. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.