Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team scored four goals in the second half on its way to downing seventh-seeded Erskine by a score of 5-1 in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament Tuesday night at Tate Field. The win boosts LMC's record to 11-4-3 on the season.
Harvey McMorrow got the scoring started for Lees-McRae Tuesday with a goal nine minutes into the contest. McMorrow did not stop there, however, as he tallied three assists as well to give him 13 on the season. It is McMorrow's second three-assist performance of 2017 with the first occurring against Barton in early September.
LMC's next two markers came from two of the members of its senior class. First, James Morgan scored his second of his senior campaign off a long free kick that bounced over the Erskine keeper's head to give LMC a 2-0 advantage. Not long after that, Nathan Watt scored his fourth of the season to extend Erskine's deficit to three.
Pol Vassart in the 61st minute and Johannes Oeksnevad in the 89th minute both netted goals as well to round out the scoring in the contest for LMC. Vassart now has 11 goals in 2017, which ranks second on LMC, while Oeksnevad tallied his seventh of his freshman season with the marker on Tuesday.
Senior Tyler Pavlet picked up the win in goal for Lees-McRae boosting his record to 11-4-3. Pavlet, who made three saves in four tries Tuesday, and his 11 victories are the most for a LMC goalkeeper since Thomas Rusling picked up 12 wins in 2011 and 2010.
With Tuesday's win, Lees-McRae will advance to the Conference Carolinas semifinals for the third straight season. LMC will take No. 6 seed Mount Olive Friday evening from Gaffney, S.C. to decide who will advance to Sunday's championship game. Kickoff between the Bobcats and Trojans is set for 7 p.m.