Galvani leads Bobcats to 3-0 shutout of Queens

Galvani leads Bobcats to 3-0 shutout of Queens
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- James Galvani (High Wycombe, U.K.) scored a pair of goals, and Lee Squires (Sheffield, U.K.) and Justin Jones (Jamestown, N.C.) each recorded two assists to lead the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team to a 3-0 shutout win over Queens University of Charlotte in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday night.

Lees-McRae (8-2-2, 5-0-1 CC) outshot the Royals (4-7, 3-4 CC) by a 16-12 margin, including a 9-4 advantage in the first half, while extending its unbeaten streak to seven matches and recording its third shutout of the season.

Galvani recorded his second brace of the campaign, netting the Bobcats' first two goals of the night to swell his season total to seven tallies. David Palmer (Gateshead, U.K.) added his fifth goal of the season to cap the Bobcats' scoring on the night.

Squires and Jones each recorded a pair of assists, while Luke Perry (Cheshire, U.K.) added a helper of his own. Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, U.K.) and Tyler Gibson (Gastonia, N.C.) combined for four saves while holding the Royals scoreless through 90 minutes.

Galvani opened the scoring early in the first half, finding the back of the net midway through the sixth minute, heading in a cross from Squires off a throw in by Jones to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. The 6-2, 160-pound forward then doubled the advantage in the closing moments of the 49th minute, tapping in a cross from Squires for his seventh goal of the season.

Palmer added an insurance goal late in the 70th minute, driving a header into the back of the net off a Perry corner and a Jones cross to equal the final margin of 3-0.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Thursday when the Bobcats travel to Dahlonega, Ga. to take on North Georgia College & State University in a non-conference tilt. The match is slated for 5 p.m.

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