Men's Soccer Falls To Lees-McRae 3-2

Men's Soccer Falls To Lees-McRae 3-2

BANNER ELK, N.C. - University of Mount Olive men's soccer team fell to the Bobcats of Lees-McRae College 3-2 in a Conference Carolinas match-up Saturday afternoon in Banner Elk, N.C.

Match Information
Score: Lees-McRae 3, Mount Olive 2
Records: Mount Olive (3-3-1, 1-1-0 CC); Lees-McRae (4-4-2, 2-2-1)
Location: Banner Elk, N.C. (LMC Practice Field)

How It Happened

First Half

  • Mount Olive had an early opportunity to get on the boards as Trevor Berk was shoved in the box on an attack and was awarded a penalty kick at the 8:42 mark in the first half.
  • Berk found the back of the net as he was able to deceive his shot attempt and score to the opposite side of the diving Bobcat goalkeeper.  
  • Lees-McRae fought back to equalize the game in the 22nd minute and then took a 2-1 lead four minutes later.
  • UMO could not manage another shot for the remainder of the half and took the one-goal deficit into the break. 

Second Half

  • The Bobcats wasted no time in extending their lead as nearly five minutes into the second half, LMC added their third goal.
  • Mount Olive did not go away without a fight, as Santiago Zapata crossed a one-timer shot into the box for Pedro Franca and put the score at 3-2.
  • The Trojans were able to muster a few shots on target, but the Bobcats held UMO from tying the game and took the victory.

Key Stats

  • Alfie Pope led the Trojans in shots with three and Franca followed with two.
  • Austin Porter (3-3-1, 1-1-0) recorded six saves in goal for Mount Olive.

Up Next

Mount Olive returns to action on October 3, when the Trojans travel to Murfreesboro, N.C., to take on Chowan University in a Conference Carolinas battle. First kick is set for 4 p.m.