Bobcats knock off No. 17 Mars Hill, 2-1

Bobcats knock off No. 17 Mars Hill, 2-1
Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- James Galvani (High Wycombe, U.K.) headed home the winner midway through the second half to lead the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over No. 17 Mars Hill College on Wednesday night at Tate Field.

Lees-McRae (9-3-2) outshot the Lions (11-2-1) by a 14-6 margin, including a 9-3 advantage in the second half. Galvani recorded a goal and an assist in the match to pace the Bobcats, notching his third match-winner of the season. Lee Squires (Sheffield, U.K.) netted his team-leading ninth goal of the campaign, while Luke Perry (Cheshire, U.K.) also added an assist in the match. Shadi Harb (San Andres, Colombia) netted the lone goal for the Lions via the penalty kick.

Squires opened the scoring midway through the third minute, knocking a header over the Mars Hill keeper to give LMC an early 1-0 lead. Galvani and Perry were each credited an assist on the goal after Galvani flicked on a corner from Perry. Harb leveled the score in the 24th minute via the penalty kick, sending the strike into the back of the net to even the match at 1-1 with his fifth goal of the season.

Galvani broke the deadlock early in the 66th minute, heading in the effort after his initial shot was denied by the keeper to give the Bobcats the eventual match-winner with his eighth strike of the season. Mars Hill made a late push towards goal in the final minutes, but was repeatedly denied by the Bobcat defense en route to the pivotal 2-1 victory.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Laurinburg, N.C. to resume their Conference Carolinas schedule against St. Andrews Presbyterian. The match is slated to kick off at 3 p.m.

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