September 3, 2007

Bobcat Offense Continues to Roll

The Lees-McRae Bobcats soccer team improved to 4-0 this weekend with a 9-2 drubbing of University of Charleston-West Virginia Sunday afternoon. After a sluggish start, the Bobcats offense kicked into high gear to keep the team perfect through the first two weeks of the season.

After going down 2-0 in the game's first seven minutes, the Bobcat offense came alive to claw their way back into the game, before exploding with a nine goal output to cruise to their fourth win of the season. Junior Matt Lacey (Norwich, England) got things rolling by cutting the deficit to one with his third goal of the season. After drawing an assist on Lacey's goal, Berin Boracic (Orlando, FL) knotted the score at two with his fourth of the campaign. Lacey came back with his second, and the eventual game winner before Boracic and Kyle McGimsey (Plant City, FL) gave the Bobcats full control of the contest and a 5-2 lead heading into halftime.

With the Bobcats offense back in its groove, Boracic completed the hat trick with a goal on a penalty kick, giving the junior striker his team-leading sixth goal of the season. With the score 6-2, Alex Ramirez (Arlington, TX) found the back of the net twice for his first two collegiate goals. Anthony Mantegani (Hendersonville, TN), making his collegiate debut for the Bobcats, and Sam Sharples (London, England) drew assists on Ramirez' (pictured top left) goals. Junior Ian Dargavel (Neath, Wales) closed the scoring for the Bobcats with freshman Logan Linton (Cocoa, FL) picking up the assist for his first collegiate point.

"We came out flat in the first, which is simply unacceptable," commented Head Coach Chris Whalley. "The boys showed some great character though, battling back from a two nil deficit to get things rolling for us. I am proud of the way the boys handled the adversity of being down early on the road to come back the way we did. However we need to bring our "A" game when the whistle blows for the opening kickoff to avoid these situations later in the season."

Sophomore Sean Paradise (North Point, FL) started his fourth straight game for the Bobcats in goal, surrendering both of UCWV's goals before classmate Tom Courtney (Newcastle, England) took over to start the second half.

The win was the second over UCWV and their Head Coach Marty Martinez. Martinez coaches LMC's Coach Whalley in the summer for the West Virginia Chaos of the Premier Development League. The first win came in Whalley's first season at the helm of the Bobcats, a 1-0 result September 5, 2005.

The nine goal output is the highest single game total for the Bobcats in Whalley's three year tenure. The previous mark was set earlier this season in an 8-0 win over Francis Marion in the Bobcats season opener, breaking a six goal output set last season in a 6-1 conference win over Barton.

The Bobcats return home to Tate Field to host Clayton State Thursday, September 6th. The Bobcats are 2-0 against Clayton State under Whalley, winning 1-0 at home in 2005 and upsetting the then eighth ranked Lakers 3-2 last year on the road. Kick off is set for 7:30pm.