MOUNT OLIVE, NC--The Lees-McRae Bobcats soccer team extended its winning streak to nine games, topping Conference Carolinas foe Mount Olive 5-1 Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats, ranked number two in the nation, clinched the Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship with an 8-1 record, 14-1-1 overall. The loss drops Mount Olive to 6-11 (1-7 Conference Carolinas).
Conference Carolinas leading goal scorer Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) opened the scoring early for the nationally ranked Bobcats, burying his 16th of the season in the game's sixth minute, with Gary Challinor (Worksop, England) drawing the assist. Matt Lacey (Norwich, England) increased the Bobcats lead to two just over ten minutes later with an unassisted tally before setting up Squires in the 38th minute to give the Bobcats a comfortable 3-0 cushion heading into half time.
The Bobcats would continue to apply pressure on the attack in the second, capitalizing just over three minutes into play as a Challinor found the back of the net for his second collegiate goal. Conference Carolinas overall points leader Berin Boracic (Orlando, FL) added another insurance goal for the Bobcats in the 56th minute on a penalty kick before the Trojans Sean Keener would spoil the shutout bid of Bobcats keeper Sean Paradise (North Point, FL) in the 75th minute.
"At the beginning of the season we set team goals for ourselves. The guys have worked hard all year, clinching the regular season title is something that we can all take pride in," continued Whalley. "However we've only achieved one goal, and we cannot be complacent. We still have a long, hard road ahead and much work to do in order for us to accomplish our other goals."
The Bobcats will battle Belmont Abbey Wednesday night at Tate Field. Prior to kickoff, set for 6:30pm, the Bobcats will honor seniors Nate Wall (Des Moines, IA), Kiko Magana (Hutchinson, KS), Diego Cordeiro (Orlando, FL) and Andre Melkonyan (Charlotte, NC).
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Lee Squires