Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team dropped its Conference Carolinas contest Wednesday night (Sept. 26) at Tate Field to visiting No. 24 Limestone 3-1.
Game Summary - The nationally-ranked Saints struck quickly to open the contest, drawing first blood in the fifth minute. Roberto Ortega Lopez fed a clean through-pass to Tristyn De Laff who stashed home his second of the year to put Limestone up 1-0. The two teams would battle it out for field position for the remainder of the half, and the goal stood to send the teams to the break. In the 52nd minute, the Saints would double their lead with the help of a failed clear on the part of the Bobcats. A long ball was lofted into the box before the Bobcat defense failed to clear the ball. The ball found its way to the foot of Dan Javed for his second of the season. Javed would get his second of the night in the 66th minute when he and Lopez created a two-on-one against a defender and goalkeeper Anton Sundstrom. Lopez fed the ball across the box to Javed who scored to put Limestone up 3-0. The Bobcats finally got on the board in the 75th minute when Agustin Ortiz fed a lead pass down the far wing to Pol Vassart. Vassart then crossed the ball to a wide open Harvey McMorrow at the top of the box, who scored his second of the season to make it 3-1 and put the match at its final score.
Stats Rundown - LMC outshot Limestone 17-14 in the contest, including a 12-9 advantage in shots on goal. Ortiz registered a team-high five shots in the contest, while McMorrow totaled four. Vassart recorded three shots in the match, while five other Bobcats each fired one shot. All four of McMorrow's shots were on net, while Ortiz and Vassart each put three shots on frame. Fredrik Haave and Connor Hahn each found the net with one shot on the night. Sundstrom (3-4-1) made six saves in the loss. LMC also won the battle for corner kicks 10-7.
Up Next - The Bobcats are back on the pitch on Saturday (Sept. 29) when they welcome Mount Olive up the mountain for a 4 p.m. kickoff.