BANNER ELK, N.C. - The No. 1 Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's soccer team (11-0, 7-0) defended their ranking with a 3-0 win over the Queens University of Charlotte Royals (5-5-1, 2-4-1) Tuesday night at Tate Field in a Conference Carolinas match.
The Bobcats notched their first goal in the third minute when Jamie Bladen launched a rocket from 30-yards into the back of the net. Richard Guffens laid the pass off to Bladen for the assists. The goal was Bladen's third of the season and Guffen's team leading eighth assists.
In the 36th minute, David Palmer took a ball up the touchline forcing the Royals keeper to make a save and set the Bobcats up a for a corner kick. Luke Perry sent a bending corner into the box where Dale Parker connected with a header for the goal to make it 2-0. The goal was Paker's third of the year and Perry's fourth assists.
The score remained 2-0 through the intermission and until the 58th minute when Guffens scored his fourth goal of the season. Jamie Bladen played a through pass to Berin Boracic, who beat two defenders and sent a cross to the back post. Guffens finished the cross for the one timer and to give the match the final score of 3-0.
Sean Paradise earned the win the Bobcats with no saves. Dylan Lawrence picked up two saves in the relief for the Bobcats. Chris Raines made seven saves in the Queen's loss.
Lees-McRae outshot Queens 26-5 and held an 11-2 corner kick advantage.
The Bobcats will travel to Mount Olive Saturday, October 17th for their next match.