Men's Soccer Suffers 4-2 Setback To Lees-McRae

Men's Soccer Suffers 4-2 Setback To Lees-McRae

The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team surged ahead 2-0 in the first 20 minutes, but Lees-McRae netted four goals in a 19 minute span in the first half to overcome the two goal deficit and earn a 2-0 win this afternoon at Alumni Field. The Bobcats improve to 8-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey slips to 3-7-3 overall and 2-5-1 in the league.

Belmont Abbey opened the match on fire, moving ahead 2-0 in the first 19:47 as Mohamed Balde scored the first goal of the match at the 3:16 mark, heading home a Jordan Gardner corner kick.

16 minutes later, sophomore midfielder Clay Dimick recorded his third goal in the past two match as he tapped in a Nick Fuller pass from the center of the box for a 2-0 lead.

Lees-McRae seized control of the match nine minutes later, staring a four unanswered goal flurry in a span of just 19 minutes.

It started with a Jordan Wright entered the match at the 28:00 minute mark and scored just 28 seconds later, burying a James Smith corner kick past Luke Whelan to cut the Abbey's lead in half.

Six minutes later the Bobcats pulled level as Whelan stopped a Smith penalty kick, but the rebound came directly to Thomas Deeley and he easily scored off the rebound to deadlock the match at two.

The Bobcats surged ahead less than four minutes later as James Galvani scored off of a Deeley cross.

31 seconds later, Smith buried a penalty past Whelan for the fourth and final goal of the match.

The Bobcats outshot the Abbey 17-6. Both teams attempted nine corner kicks and there were a combined 31 fouls called (24-17 Belmont Abbey).

Whelan stopped nine shots.