Bobcats Pull Out Conference Opener in Double Overtime
LAURINBURG, N.C.-Sophomore Logan Linton (Cocoa, Fla.) was credited with the game-winning 'Golden Goal' as the Lees-McRae College Bobcats rallied past host St. Andrews Presbyterian College with a 5-4 Conference Carolinas victory on Saturday afternoon.
Linton placed a corner kick in front of the Knights goal in the fourth minute of the second and final overtime period that was misplayed by a St. Andrews defender and deflected into the back of the net to end the game, providing the visitors with the victory. By NCAA rules, a pass on a corner kick that was never controlled by a defender and deflected into the goal is credited as a shot and goal for the person taking the corner kick giving Linton the game-winning tally.
The Bobcats, who are currently ranked No. 7 in the Southeast Region, extended their win streak to four games improving to 5-1-0 on the season.
Lees-McRae jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half. Freshman Luke Staats (Almere, England) started the scoring with a long-range goal in the 20th minute. Sophomore Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) followed with the Bobcats second goal just nine minutes later on an assist by senior Kyle McGimsey (Plant City, Fla.).
St. Andrews quickly responded out of the halftime intermission by tying the game at 2-2 with a pair of goals in the first six minutes of the second half. Sophomore Carlos Rivera (Savannah, Ga.) put the Knights on the scoreboard with his first goal of the season in the 47th minute. Sophomore Dennis Schardt (Bethesda, Md.) had an assist on Schardt's goal with a nice crossing pass. Sophomore Curtis Kiyabu (Kapolei, Hawaii) scored on a feed by classmate Brian Humphrey (Jacksonville, N.C.) to even the score in the 51st minute.
Squires put the Bobcats ahead again with his second goal of the contest and 12th of the season. Freshman Luke Duffy (Wakefield, England) received an assist on Squires go-ahead tally in the 67th minute.
The Knights once again rallied with senior Justin Garton (Germantown, Md.) scoring in the 70th minute to deadlock the score at 3-3. Garton leads St. Andrews with four goals in five games. Freshman Alex Smith (Pfafftown, N.C.) put the Royal Blue and White ahead with his first collegiate goal in the 75th minute. Smith received a pass from senior Gabriel Arraiz (Caracas, Venezuela) and stuffed it into the back of the net to put the hosts on top for the first time.
St. Andrews was able to maintain the lead for the next 10 minutes but freshman David Palmer (South Fields, England) scored the equalizer in the 86th minute. Senior Ian Dargavel (Neath, Wales) provided the helper on the Palmer goal that forced overtime.
After a scoreless first 10-minute overtime period, Linton finally ended the game with his corner kick with only six minutes and 26 seconds of playing time left before the contest would have ended in a tie.
Senior goalkeeper Dylan Lawrence (Winterville, N.C.) was credited for with the victory after replacing junior Sean Paradise (North Point, Fla.), who was injured in the second half. Paradise had four saves while Lawrence made three stops.
Senior starter Nick Stevens (Kernersville, N.C.) and sophomore backup Chris Dobbins (Winston-Salem, N.C.) each had three saves in goal for the Knights. Dobbins was charged with the loss playing the final 38 minutes.
The Bobcats next action will come on the road at North Georgia Wednesday, September 16th at 5 p.m.
2008 Season Stats Through 9-13-2008
Pictured Top: Logan Linton
Bottom Upper: Paradise in the goal
Bottom Lower: Luke Staats