BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lee Squires (Sheffield, U.K.) scored a pair of goals, and provided the assist on the match-winner with less than a minute remaining in the second extra-time period to lead the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team to a 3-2 overtime victory over Mount Olive College on Saturday night at Tate Field.
Lees-McRae (4-2, 3-0 CC) dictated the flow of play for much of the evening, outshooting the Trojans (1-4-1, 1-1 CC) by a 34-6 margin, including a 28-4 advantage over the final 65 minutes of play. Squires outshot the Trojans by himself, tallying 10 attempts on goal in the match, including five on target.
Squires found the back of the net twice in the match, and nearly had a third when MOC keeper Brad Newman made a tremendous save on Squires' penalty kick attempt in the 48th minute. Junior David Palmer (Gateshead, U.K.) provided the match-winner for his second goal of the season, while Squires, Sam Kennedy (East End, U.K.), Luke Staats (Almere, Holland), Luke Perry (Cheshire, U.K.) and Jamie Bladen (Yorkshire, U.K.) each added an assist for the Bobcats.
Mount Olive's Matt Cargile (Jacksonville, N.C.) tallied a pair of goals to lead the Trojan attack, while John Mendoza (Shallotte, N.C.) added an assist.
Cargile opened the scoring in the early moments of the 23rd minute, taking advantage of a giveaway by the Bobcat keeper and banking a brilliant bending strike off the far post and into the back of the net to give the Trojans an early 1-0 lead. Squires would answer midway through the 28th minute, driving a cross from Palmer into the upper 90 to knot the score at 1-1. Kennedy was also credited with an assist on the equalizer.
Squires found the back of the net for the second time in the match midway through the 50th minute, delivering a wonderful strike into the back of the net after Staats sent on a free kick from Bladen, putting the Bobcats ahead by a 2-1 score. Cargile would pull the Trojans back on terms less than a minute later, heading home the rebound after Mendoza's shot caromed off the crossbar to even the match at 2-2.
Both teams would have several opportunities to net the winner throughout the remainder of regulation time, with each keeper being forced to make multiple tremendous saves to keep their respective sides in the match.
Neither side could break the deadlock until the waning moments of the second extra-time period, when Palmer delivered a fantastic header into the far corner of the net off a cross from Squires, earning the Bobcats the thrilling 3-2 extra-time victory with his first career match-winner.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Carson-Newman College at Tate Field. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
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