Bobcats Win Home Opener

The Lees-McRae Bobcats men's soccer team improved to 3-0 Wednesday evening with a 2-0 win over the King College Tornado. The game was the home opener for the Bobcats and gave the team their second shutout in three games.

In a physical affair that featured 25 fouls and three cards given, the Bobcats Diego Cordiero (Orlando, FL) took advantage of a penalty kick to beat Tornado keeper Richard Masters to open the scoring in the 12th minute. With the Bobcats dictating the pace of the game, frustration seemed to get the better of the Tornado as a yellow and red card were assessed to the visitors on the same play in the 29th minute. Joe Bristow was handed the yellow while Omar Lopez picked up the red while the Bobcats set up for the free kick. With the early lead, the Bobcats tight backfield held the Tornado to a pair of shots, holding the 1-0 edge into halftime.

The Bobcats came out strong once again in the second controlling much of the play. With some hard work in traffic, junior Matt Lacey (Norwich, England) corralled a loose ball and found Cordiero (pictured top left) open in the midfield. With a quick stride, the senior sent the ball to the far side of the field for freshman defender Tom Brailsford, who proceeded to find super sophomore Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) sprinting up field inside the 18 yard box. The talented frosh redirected Brailsford's pass into the back of the net past the outstretched arms of Masters to extend the Bobcats lead to two in the 52nd minute.

"Although we didn't quite play as well as we have previously, we're pleased with the result and with the fact that the boys worked hard and found a way to win," commented Head Coach Chris Whalley after the game.

The Bobcats would outshoot the Tornado 20-7 over the 90 minutes, with Masters picking up eight saves. Sophomore Sean Paradise (North Point, FL) registered three saves while earning his second shutout of the season in the Bobcats goal.

The Bobcats will hit the road again this weekend, traveling to West Virginia to battle the University of Charleston. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm Sunday, September 2nd.