BELMONT, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team used a balanced attack to breeze past Belmont Abbey College (1-3-1, 0-1-1 CC) on the road Tuesday evening. The Bobcats (3-1, 2-0 CC) registered five goals from five different players en route to a 5-1 victory over the Crusaders in Conference Carolinas play.
The Bobcats stayed atop the conference with a hard fought victory to keep them undefeated in league play. David Palmer (Gateshead, U.K.) opened the scoring with a shot from just outside the box to give LMC a 1-0 advantage in the seventh minute of play.
Thirty minutes later, the Bobcats struck again, this time off a deflection by James Galvani (High Wycombe, U.K.) that was headed into the goal by Sam Kennedy (East End, U.K.) midway through the 38th minute, putting the Bobcats up 2-0 heading into the interval.
In the second half, the Bobcats continued the pressure, controlling the pace of the contest, working the ball around the field. The Bobcats battled through the Abbey defense and found the net in the 61st minute, when Sebastian Matta (Tampa, Fla.) placed a Justin Jones (Jamestown, N.C.) throw-in into an open net to make it 3-0 in favor of the Bobcats. Jones added a second throw-in assist in the 77th minute as Galvani placed the throw just inside the far post for a 4-0 margin.
Lee Squires (Sheffield, U.K.) added the final Bobcat score of the evening on a penalty kick to make it 5-0 in favor of Lees-McRae. The Bobcats held the Abbey scoreless until the Crusaders' Devon Purslow (Cedar Park, Texas) broke through in the 79th minute to cut the LMC advantage to 5-1.
Galvani led the attack for Lees-McRae with one goal and one assist, while Jones added a pair of helpers via the throw-in to pace the Bobcats on the evening.
The Bobcats return to the pitch on Thursday evening when they host Lenoir-Rhyne in non-conference action. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.