October 5, 2010

Lincoln Memorial rallies for 1-1 draw with Bobcats

Box score

HARROGATE, Tenn. --- The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Lincoln Memorial University in non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon.

Lees-McRae (7-2-2) outshot the Railsplitters (6-2-1) by a 27-15 margin, including a 5-2 advantage in the two extra time periods. Lee Squires (Sheffield, U.K.) tallied the lone goal for the Bobcats midway through the first half, converting his second penalty kick of the season, while Lucas Pereira (Monte Siao, Brazil) notched the equalizer for the Railsplitters.

Squires opened the scoring midway through the 23rd minute, netting his seventh goal of the season via the penalty kick to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. Pereira evened the match at 1-1 in the closing moments of the 40th minute, knocking a header past the LMC keeper off a deflected shot for his second goal of the season.

The match remained level throughout the second half, with neither team able to net the breakthrough as both goalkeepers were forced to make several crucial saves to preserve the deadlock and send the contest into extra time.

Neither team would find the back of the net in either period of extra time, despite a combined seven shots attempted between the two sides. Perhaps the best scoring chance of overtime came less than a minute into the first installment of extra time, when Railsplitter goalkeeper Michael Watkins (Statesville, N.C.) made a clutch save after the Bobcats' Kyle Luterbach (Hickory, N.C.) sent a glorious chance towards the LMU frame.

Watkins made nine saves for the Railsplitters in the match, while Lees-McRae goalkeeper Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, U.K.) stopped three shots for the Bobcats.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Charlotte, N.C. to resume their Conference Carolinas schedule against Queens University of Charlotte. The match is slated to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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