GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Despite sophomore Lees Squires, the nation's leading scorer, adding another goal to his numbers, the no. 5 Bobcats were unable to stop no. 20 Tusculum's advance, falling 3-1 to the Pioneers on Wednesday night. With the loss the Bobcats fall to 9-2 while the Pioneers improve to 9-1 on the year.
Tusculum opened the scoring with two goals inside of a minute midway through the first half, beginning with Anteneh Lemma's sixth goal of the season off a through ball from Scott Lucky in the 24th minute. Lemma struck again 58 seconds later with his seventh of the season, also assisted by Lucky to put the Pioneers up 2-0 in the 25th minute.
Lees-McRae halved the lead midway through the 34th minute when Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) took a pass from David Palmer (Gateshead, England), and delivered a brilliant finish past the Pioneer keeper to cut the Tusculum advantage to 2-1 heading into the break. The goal was Squires 14th of the season, despite being sidelined for the past two games with injury. Palmer earned his second assist of the season on the play.
South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Bruno Conceicão extended the Pioneer lead to 3-1 in the 61st minute, scoring off a touch pass from Lucas Paulini. Lemma was also credited with an assist on the goal.
Sean Paradise (North Port, Fla.) had five saves in the net for the Bobcats in the loss while the Pioneer's Lance Moore added three saves to his stats. The Pioneers outshot the Bobcats 18-10 in the contest.
The Bobcats resume their Conference Carolinas schedule on Saturday when they host Pfieffer University in the second match of a men's and women's doubleheader. Part of Lees-McRae's Homecoming Weekend, the contest is set to begin at 3 p.m. at Tate Field.