Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – After scoring a season-high seven goals last time out against Erskine, the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team scored even more Tuesday night at Tate Field as the Bobcats shut out North Greenville by a score of 8-0. The 15 goals scored by the Bobcats in these past two contests are the most in a two-match span for the program since 2007 when it also scored 15 times in matches against Chowan and Erskine. With the win, Lees-McRae improves to 9-4-3 overall and 6-3-0 in league contests.
Overall, 12 different Bobcats scored at least one point in Tuesday's win over the Crusaders. Junior Palle Jespersen led all LMC scorers with five points after netting a pair of goals and adding an assist. Reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Tom Deeley added to his team-leading point total with four more in the contest, and fellow senior Nathan Watt posted his second straight three-assist performance to move into the team-lead in that category.
In addition to Jespersen and Deeley, Taylor Gray, Agustin Xavier Ortiz, Johannes Oeksnevad, Lasse Meinert Pedersen and Niklas Perslow all netted goals as well. James Morgan, Zachary Clay, Harvey McMorrow, Pol Vassart and Gray also chipped in with points with single assists, respectively.
For the second straight match, Tyler Pavlet and Logan Greene combined to shutout LMC's opponent. Pavlet, who picked up his ninth win of the season Tuesday, stopped all four shots he faced in just under 63 minutes of action, while Greene stopped the lone shot he faced in 27 minutes.
Lees-McRae will close out the 2017 regular season Saturday with a trip to Emmanuel (GA). LMC, who clinched a home game for the first round conference tournament with Tuesday's win, can still move up into the second place in league if it beats or ties Emmanuel and Belmont Abbey falls on the road at Chowan. Kickoff between the Bobcats and Lions is set for 5 p.m.