Squires’ late goal propels Bobcats past Barton

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WILSON, N.C. --- Lee Squires (Sheffield, U.K.) scored the lone goal of the match to lead the Lees-McRae men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Barton College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday night.

Lees-McRae (6-2, 4-0 CC) outshot the Bulldogs (1-7, 1-3 CC) by a 6-1 margin, including a 4-1 advantage in the first half, as the Bobcats were forced to play a man short for nearly 50 minutes due to a red card late in the opening period. Squires tallied his sixth goal and first match-winner of the season, while Jamie Bladen (Yorkshire, U.K.) added his third assist of the campaign.

The match remained scoreless until midway through the 70th minute, when Bladen ripped a shot from distance that the keeper deflected back into play, leaving Squires in perfect position to deliver the deciding strike into the side netting to put the Bobcats up 1-0. Lees-McRae would hold on for the victory, staving off several magnificent Barton scoring chances despite playing a man down.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Bristol, Tenn. for a non-conference matchup with King College. The match is slated to kick off at 5 p.m.

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