BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team fell in heartbreaking fashion in its home opener Saturday night (Sept. 1) to Lenoir-Rhyne 2-1 in double overtime.
Game summary – The two teams played a tight yet scoreless first half, with L-R holding a slim 3-2 edge in shots at the break. The Bears would score the first goal in the 61st minute on a scramble in front of the net off a rebound to silence the home crowd. In tight in the LMC box, Victor Cascon rifled a shot right at Bobcats keeper Anton Sundstrom. Sundstrom made the reactionary save, but the ball deflected right to Cameron Saul who was on the doorstep to stash it home. Lees-McRae would push back a little later on, creating chances with ball movement on the rush. In the 78th minute, Pol Vassart created a rush through the middle and was able to draw defenders. Hustling hard straight up the gut, Vassart found Johannes Oeksnevad on the right wing, and the sophomore buried a low shot to the right corner for his first of the year to knot the match at one. The two teams played 10 minutes of extra time, in which LMC out-shot L-R 5-1, but the teams would go to a second extra session still tied. Just over four minutes into the second overtime, a long ball was sent downfield spotted by Goncalo Garcia. Garcia was able to corral the high-bouncing ball and beat Sundstrom for the winner to get L-R its first win of the season.
Stats rundown - Lees-McRae fired 11 shots in the contest, putting seven on frame. Vassart and Oeksnevad each put two shots on net for the Bobcats, while three others each put one shot on frame. Sundstrom (0-2-0) made five saves in the loss.
Up next - The Bobcats are back at Tate Field on Wednesday looking for their first win when they battle Mars Hill in non-conference action. Kickoff for that match is slated for 7:00 p.m.