|Hudgins’ header lifts Bobcats past No. 22 Saints|
|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.
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