Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team dropped its Conference Carolinas match to visiting King (Tenn.) 3-2 in 2OT on Tuesday night (Oct. 23) at Tate Field.
Game Summary - The Bobcats built a 2-0 lead rather quickly, with both early goals stemming from King fouls to set up the plays. In just the third minute, Pol Vassart was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. The senior scored his conference-leading 15th of the season to put the Bobcats up 1-0. In the seventh minute, Agustin Ortiz was taken down and awarded a free kick from a few yards outside the box. Ortiz bent a beauty over the King wall, off the left post and in for his seventh of the season to make it 2-0 LMC. King would respond quickly when Charles Johnson sent Jairo Ruiz Caram on a break through the middle of the LMC defense in the 11th minute. Caram was able to beat LMC keeper Sundstrom to his right and tap it in for his second of the season to make it 2-1. King would knot the match in the 33rd minute when Carlos Saavedra made a run down the far wing and crossed the ball into the box. The cross found Ben Delisle, who scored his sixth of the season to tie the match yet again. The two teams would trade chances before the half ended, and there were also plenty of chances in the second half. The physical play also picked up on the evening, with four total yellow cards handed out. Despite the runs and opportunities, the match went to overtime tied at two. After one scoreless period, the teams would set up for a second extra session. The match came to an end in the 107th minute when Caram set up Saavreda when the ball was deflected past Sundstrom off a Caram free kick. King stormed the field in celebration of the conference road win.
Stats Rundown - LMC out-shot King 17-14 in the loss, despite being out-shot on goal 10-6. Ortiz led LMC with five shots putting three of them on net, while two of Vassart's four were on target. Johannes Oeksnevad also totaled four shots in the contest, with one being on net. Harvey McMorrow registered three shots in the match, while Anders Stoakes also chipped in one. Sundstrom (6-6-2) stopped seven saves in the match, tying a season high.
Up Next - The Bobcats are back at home on Tate Field on Thursday (Oct. 26) when they host Emmanuel (Ga.) for Senior Day. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.