Bobcats Advance To Conference Finals in Shootout over Falcons

BANNER ELK, N.C. - Dale Parker scored the game-winning goal in the fourth shootout round to give the Lees-McRae College Bobcats (16-2-2, 9-0-1) men's soccer team the win over the Pfeiffer University Falcons (10-9-1, 6-4) and advance them into the final round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament Friday night at Tate Field.

After four scoreless periods, two forty-five minute halves and two ten minute overtime periods, the two teams took the game to a shootout.

Pfeiffer's Nick Brindley made the first attempt, and Luke Staats (Almere, Holland) made the Bobcats' first attempt. In round two, Jerry Tesh made his attempt, and David Palmer (Gateshead, England) put his attempt in the back of the net. Bradly Sisk opened the third round with a made attempt, and Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) put his attempt into the top corner to tie it at three. In Pfeiffer's fourth round, Matt Denton missed to the left of keeper Sean Paradise (North Port, Fla.), who had guessed correct, and Dale Parker (Worksop, England) blasted in his attempted to give the Bobcats a 4-3 lead. In the fifth and final round, Paradise guessed correct forcing Pfeiffer's Renato Barbosa's attempt wide left and gave the Bobcats the win.

Paradise made two saves during the four timed periods and was credited with two saves in the shootout to earn the win and his sixth shutout of the season. Alex Moreno made four saves during the timed periods and none in the shootout to earn the loss for the Falcons.

The Bobcats outshot the Falcons 18-10.

"I credit Pfeiffer today," head coach Chris Whalley said. "They made it extremely difficult tonight on us, and we didn't play our best. I am proud of the team for staying calm under pressure, and excited for the two top teams to play in the final."

The top ranked Bobcats will host the second ranked Anderson University Trojans Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Conference Carolinas Tournament final round at Tate Field.

Photos: Top-Bobcats Celebrate!, Bottom Upper-Sean Paradise during shootout, Bottom Lower- Dale Parker