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Hudgins’ header lifts Bobcats past No. 22 Saints PDF Print
Written by Whitney Noble   
Sunday, 04 September 2011 05:33

The Lees-McRae College men’s soccer team earned their first victory of the season, and the first career victory for first year head coach Lee Squires, with a 2-1 win over No. 22 Flagler College in the finale of the 2011 Michael Shope Memorial Tournament.

Scott Hudgins (Fort Myers, Fla.) headed in a beautiful corner kick from David Palmer (South Shields, England) to break a 1-1 tie and propel the Bobcats to the victory.  The Bobcats overcame an early second half deficit to earn the win, improving their record to 1-1-0 on the young season.Early in the second half, Flagler (1-1) took advantage of a defensive miscue, pushing past the defense as Mark Hough worked around the defender and placed a shot in the net from 16 yards to give the Saints the 1-0 advantage in the 46th minute.The Bobcats answered back at the end of the 61st minute when Palmer found James Smith (Eastbourne, England) for the finish off the near-side post to even the tally at 1-1.  The Bobcats scored the deciding goal in the 81st minute on Hudgins’ header.Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, England) allowed the one goal, stopping a shot late in the contest to preserve the victory for the Bobcats.  Lees-McRae outshot Flagler 8-7, while besting the Saints 7-3 on corner kicks.  The Bobcats return to the pitch on Wednesday as they travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Match time is slated for 7:30 p.m.


Bobcats Volleyball drops pair of matches on day two of Carolina Challenge


 The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team battled to a pair of heartbreaking decisions on Saturday, falling in three sets to defending regional runner-up Flagler College before Tusculum College rallied to win three straight frames en route to a 3-1 win over the Bobcats in the nightcap.
Match One: Flagler 3, Lees-McRae 0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-17) - Box Score
Flagler (3-0) held the Bobcats (0-4) to a .011 hitting percentage, posting a .216 mark of its own on the attack and tallying 10 blocks. Taylor Emilee paced the Saints with 16 kills on 28 swings, posting a .429 hitting percentage. Olivia Snipes notched a match-high 26 assists, while Emilee, Dianna Craine, and Casey Gnann each posted a team-best seven digs.
Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) paced the Bobcats with nine kills, while Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) chipped in eight smashes and Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) added 22 assists. Sariah Suryadevara (Cincinnati, Ohio) also chipped in a match-high 15 digs for the Bobcats.
Match Two: Tusculum 3, Lees-McRae 1 (16-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-16) - Box Score
Tusculum overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the Bobcats in the final match of the day, holding Lees-McRae to a .156 hitting percentage while recording nine blocks. Brianna Anderson paced the Pioneers with 14 kills, while Natalie Gaudreau, Sam Underwood, and Alyssa Raterman each tallied nine smashes. Ashley Sarmiento accounted for a double-double with 41 assists and 14 digs, while Caitlyn Dean posted 21 savers to pace the Pioneers.
Epperson led all players with 20 kills, posting a .279 hitting percentage and nearly accounting for a double-double with nine digs. Mitchell tallied a match-high 43 assists, while Dana Oliver recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. Suryadevara also chipped in a match-high 25 digs for the Bobcats.
Lees-McRae returns to the court next Friday when the Bobcats travel to Greeneville, Tenn. for Tusculum's Fall Classic. The Bobcats are slated to take on the University of Montevallo at 11 a.m. and Lenoir-Rhyne University at 3 p.m. on the first day of the Classic in Pioneer Arena.




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