October 27, 2009

#1 Bobcats Shutout Saints in Non-Conference Play

Box Score

BANNER ELK, NC – The No. 1 Lees-McRae College Bobcats men’s soccer team defeated the North Georgia College and State University Saints, 1-0, Tuesday afternoon in a down pour at the Ried Estus Practice Fields in a non-conference match.

The match was originally scheduled for Tate Field at 7:00 p.m., but moved to the Ried Estus Practice Field due to field conditions and the impending rain.

North Georgia falls to 5-10 on the season, while Lees-McRae, the #1 team in the country, stays unbeaten and improves to 14-0-1 on the year. The Saints opposed the #1 team in the NCAA Division II after hosting and falling to Tampa University earlier in the season when the Spartans held the top spot in the poll.

The only goal of the match came in the 11th minute when David Palmer ripped a shot from inside the box.  The Saints keeper, Rade Tanaskovic made the save, but Richard Guffens was there to put the rebound away from the goal.

Sean Paradise earned his fifth shutout of the season with three saves between the pipes for the Bobcats.  Tanaskovic made nine saves for the Saints in the losing effort..

Lees-McRae outshot North Georgia 19-4 and held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.

North Georgia returns to action on Saturday afternoon for their regular season finale, hosting UNC Pembroke at the Soccer Complex in Peach Belt Conference action.