August 27, 2007

Bobcats Improve to 2-0

The Lees-McRae Bobcats soccer team earned their second win in three days, cruising to a 6-1 win over UNC-Pembroke Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats move to 2-0 on the year while the Braves fall to 0-2.

Junior Matt Lacey (Norwich, England) got the Bobcats on the board first with his second goal in as many games in the 18th minute. Lees Squires (Sheffield, England) sent a perfect cross into the box, allowing Lacey to get under the ball and score with a beautiful running header. The lead would be short lived as the home side Braves would knot the score at one off the foot of Miguel Ferrer. Squires put the Bobcats ahead for good with a pair of goals seven minutes apart in the 25th and 32nd minutes respectively. The Bobcats coasted into halftime with a comfortable 3-1 lead.

The Bobcats continued to keep their foot on the pedal offensively in the second half, as Squires completed the natural hat trick on a Tom Brailsford (Rotherham, England) cross to put the game out of reach. Kyle McGimsey (Plant City, FL) and Berin Boracic (Orlando, FL) added insurance markers for the Bobcats in the 63rd and 70th minutes.

"We're finding the back of the net well, but it's one weekend," commented Head Coach Chris Whalley. "Hopefully we can be consistent in the coming weeks and continue to play at this level."

The Bobcats are 2-0-1 against UNC-Pembroke in Whalley's three year tenure, opening each season with UNC-Pembroke second on the schedule.

Over two games this season, the Bobcats have scored fourteen goals while conceding one.

"We're very pleased with the outcome of our first weekend this season," stated Whalley. "We came to do a job, and we did it. It's only one weekend though. We must continue to work hard."

Squires' (pictured top left) hat trick gives the first year player a team high four goals over two games. The Bobcats top three scorers from a year ago have shown no signs of rust either as Boracic, Lacey, and McGimsey all registered goals in each game over the weekend.

The Bobcats will prepare for their home opener this week as King College comes to town for a doubleheader Wednesday, August 29th. The women get started at 5:00pm while the men are set to kick off at 7:00pm.