BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Flagler College men's soccer team scored early in the first half, and withstood a furious rally from the second-ranked Bobcats en route to a 3-0 season-opening victory on the first night of the Michael Shope Memorial Tournament on Friday at Tate Field. Flagler improves to 1-0 on the season while Lees-McRae drops to 0-1.
Mack Hough opened the scoring for Flagler early in the eighth minute, taking a long throw-in from Will Frandsen and slotted the finish past the LMC keeper to give the Saints an early 1-0 lead. Conor Killeen added a goal midway through the 16th minute to push the lead to 2-0 going into the interval, and drove home his second of the match in the 78th minute to equal the final margin of 3-0.
Lees-McRae battled hard throughout the match, catching several unlucky breaks on numerous quality scoring chances while out-shooting the Saints by an 18-14 margin. The Bobcats launched a relentless rally in the second half, recording a 14-8 advantage in shots, with 10 of those attempts coming in the final 30 minutes.
The Bobcats return to the pitch on Sunday when they square off against Tusculum College at 2 p.m. in the final match of the Michael Shope Memorial Tournament at Tate Field.
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