Lees-McRae uses early goals to get by Eagles, 2-1

Lees-McRae uses early goals to get by Eagles, 2-1

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Lees-McRae scored twice in the opening five minutes, including on a penalty kick awarded on a handball in the opening 30 seconds, to top Carson-Newman, 2-1, on Tuesday night at McCown Field.

With the win, LMC moves to 6-3-1, while the Eagles fall to 3-6.

The penalty kick came after a handball was called on C-N's Robin Hernandez at the right edge of the box on an LMC cross. James Galvani would convert the penalty kick to move LMC ahead 1-0 and stun the Eagles with the opening minute goal.

LMC would add a second goal in the fourth minute as James Smith buried a cross from James Galvani in the back of the net to make it 2-0.

C-N would fight back in the final 20 minutes.

Senior Robbie Hill picked up his fifth goal of the season in the 79th minute, forcing home a flick on by Daniel Zitt to cut the lead to 2-1 as C-N built momentum late.

The Eagles would have a handful of chances in the final minute, but Lees-McRae keeper Tyler Gibson preserved the advantage and win for the Bobcats.

LMC held the Eagles without a shot in the first half, but C-N rallied with seven in the second half.

Carson-Newman returns to action on Saturday at Catawba in South Atlantic Conference action.

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