Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
WINGATE, N.C. – After falling behind Rollins College by a score of 3-1 early in the second half, the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team rallied to score twice to force a 3-3 tie in its season-opening match Friday afternoon. Senior Tom Deeley netted a pair of goals, while Nathan Watt added a pair of assists to lead the Bobcats.
Lees-McRae got the scoring started about 20 minutes into the contest when Harvey McMorrow connected with freshman Niklas Perslow off a corner kick to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. The goal by Perslow and the assist by McMorrow were the first points in those respective players' collegiate careers.
Following the goal from Perslow, Rollins turned up the pressure on Lees-McRae scoring three straight unanswered goals to vault ahead of the Bobcats, 3-1.
The Bobcats did not go away quietly, however, as Deeley scored both of the team's goals in the second half to tie the score. Deeley's senior teammate Watt assisted both of Deeley's goals and Johannes Oeksnevad had an assist as well.
The two goals by Deeley were not only critical for the Bobcats but also held some historical significance for the senior from Oxford, England. With the two-goal effort, Deeley is now tied for the eighth-most points in program history with 70 and tied for ninth in goals scored with 26.
For only the second time in his collegiate career goalkeeper Tyler Pavlet took the tie in goal. His career record now sits at 16-17-2 as a Bobcat. In Friday's match Pavlet made eight saves in 11 shots faced for a save percentage of .727.
Next Up: The Bobcats return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon with its second match in as many days as they take on Saint Leo in a non-conference tilt.