Bobcats Use Four Second Half Goals to Blank Tornado in Season Opener

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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The nationally 13th ranked Lees-McRae College Bobcats stormed past the King College Tornado 4-0 on four second half goals during the non-conference match Thursday night at Tate Field in the 2009 season opener.

After a scoreless first half, former All-American Berin Boracic (Orlando, Fla.)
scored the Bobcats first goal of 2009 and his first goal since 2007 after sitting out all of 2008 due to a knee injury. The goal came when sophomore, David Palmer (Gateshead, England), played a through ball to Richard Guffins (Holland). Guffins left the ball for Boracic who ripped the ball into the back of the net at 62nd minute mark of the match to make it 1-0.

One minute later, freshman mid-fielder, Jamie Bladen (Yorkshire, England) intercepted a bouncing pass from a King defender and blasted a knuckling volley into the net from 35 yards to make it 2-0 Lees-McRae.

The Bobcats added their third goal in the 70th minute when Bladen beat his man and left fellow freshman Luke Perry (Chesire, England) with the wide-open goal to extend the lead to 3-0.

After a King player was dismissed from action on a red card, the Bobcats added the final tally in the 80th minute when Guffins played a through ball to Palmer who then found sophomore Grant Elder (Clayton, Ohio). Elder hit the one-timer into the back of the net to give the match the final score of 4-0.

Bladen paced the Bobcats with three points on one goal and one assist. Boracic, Palmer and Guffens had two points apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Sean Paradise (North Port, Fla.) earned the shutout in net for the Bobcats. Paradise made two saves in the winning effort, while King's Justin Morrell took the loss. Morrell made seven saves.

The Bobcats outshot King 20-6.

"It was a great start to the season," Bobcat head coach Chris Whalley said. "I am happy we created so many chances and scored four quality goals. We showed great patience and discipline during the match.

"Bora is a invalueable talent," Whalley said on Boracic's return to the Bobcats. "When you regain an All-American back it is a nice boost."

The Bobcats will return to action on Tuesday, September 1st at 7 p.m. when they travel to Mars Hill College for a non-conference match.

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2009 Season Stats