Bobcats blank Eagles, 2-0

Bobcats blank Eagles, 2-0
Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- David Palmer (Gateshead, U.K.) and James Galvani (High Wycombe, U.K.) each found the back of the net to lead the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team to a 2-0 shutout win over Southeast Region foe Carson-Newman College on Wednesday night at Tate Field.

Lees-McRae (5-2) outshot the Eagles (3-2-1) by a 16-8 margin, holding an 8-4 advantage in attempts on goal in each half in a hard fought battle of a match. Palmer and Galvani each tallied their third goal of the season, while Thomas Rusling made a pair of saves to pace the Bobcats to victory.

The match remained scoreless through the first half and a generous portion of the second period, with perhaps the best scoring chance of the first three-quarters of the match coming late in the 68th minute when Carson-Newman's Robert Hill (Middlesbrough, U.K.) rung a shot off the bar from close range.

Lees-McRae broke the deadlock late in the 70th minute Jamie Bladen (Yorkshire, U.K.) played a wonderful through ball into a streaking Palmer, putting the junior midfielder in perfect position for the finish to give Lees-McRae a 1-0 lead. Galvani provided an insurance goal early in the 84th minute, taking a through ball from Luke Perry (Cheshire, U.K.) and delivering a purely driven strike into the bottom corner to put the Bobcats up 2-0 with little time remaining.

Carson-Newman made a late charge in the final five minutes, creating several scoring chances, as Rusling was forced to make a brilliant save off a header from Adam Thomas (Morristown, Tenn.) late in the 88th minute to preserve his first clean sheet of the season.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Wilson, N.C. for a 7 p.m. matchup with Barton College to resume their Conference Carolinas schedule.

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