Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team earned a big Conference Carolinas win on Saturday (Sept. 29) at home, defeating Mount Olive 3-2.
Game Summary - The Trojans would score the game's first goal in the ninth minute when Trevor Berk netted his first of the season on a penalty kick. LMC would tie the game at one in the 22nd minute when Anders Stoakes made a rush toward the box in the middle of the field, before dropping a pass to Connor Hahn to create space. Hahn would leave the ball for Agustin Ortiz who blasted his fourth of the season into the back of the net to tie the game. Just over four minutes later, Philip Oldin would find Harvey McMorrow in space who in turn found Pol Vassart who scored his eighth of the season to put the Bobcats ahead 2-1. The home team would take its 2-1 lead to the half. The Bobcats would distance themselves from the Trojans in the 51st minute when Harvey McMorrow would send a corner kick into the box. It bounced through a few bodies before getting to Vassart, who kept the play alive with a header effort to center the ball. The pass found the foot of Niklas Perslow, who scored his first of the season to make it 3-1. Mount Olive would get back within one a little over five minutes later, when Santiago Zapata crossed a ball into the box from the far edge. Pedro Franca one-timed the ball into the net for his first of the season to ultimately put the match at its final score. The Bobcats would defend their own end to hang on for the win.
Stats Rundown - The Bobcats out-shot Mount Olive 14-9 including 9-6 on goal. Vassart and Ortiz each fired a team-high three shots on the day, with two of theirs each finding frame. Oldin and Johannes Oeksnevad each recorded two shots in the win, while four other Bobcats each tallied shots in the contest. Anton Sundstrom (4-4-1) made four saves in the win. LMC also totaled four corner kicks to Mount Olive's two.
Up Next - The Bobcats continue their homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 3) when they host Newberry in non-conference action. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Tate Field.