Quentin M. Reed – Assistant Director of Athletic Communicaitons
MISENHEIMER, NC - The top seed Pfeiffer Falcons (17-2) cruised to an easy 5-0 victory over the No. 5 seeded Lees-McRae Bobcats (5-13) in Thursday's Conference Carolinas semifinal contest at N.E. Lefko Field. With the win, Pfeiffer Head Coach Bob Reasso ties the all-time record for most career coaching wins at Pfeiffer with 69, originally held by Reasso's college coach Nicholas Lefko.
The Falcons were led by seniors Santi Moar and Martim Galvao who each had a goal and an assist. Pfeiffer now has a chance to be the first team since Queens in 1997 to win three consecutive Conference Carolinas Tournaments.
After a Moar goal got by Bobcat goalkeeper Justin Brown in the eighth minute, the Falcons struck again in the 21st minute when Galvao sent a corner kick into traffic and Jaime Siaj came out of nowhere to knock the ball in the upper left corner of the net for his 17th goal of the season.
The 2-0 lead stood through the rest of the first half as Pfeiffer dominated possession and held a 17-4 shot advantage and a 6-1 lead in corner kicks.
Five minutes into second half play, Galvao got into the scoring column, with his fourth of the year as he took a Moar pass and beat the keeper to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Falcons held a 3-0 lead for the next 20 minutes until reserve Mateo Garces-Yepes broke away from the Bobcat defense and to beat Brown for his seventh goal of the year. Later, Adrian Mosquera scored off an assist from Roberto Soares who sent a long pass to the Pfeiffer forward for the Falcons last goal of the evening and Mosquera's second goal of the season.
On the night the reigning national champions outshot Lees-McRae by a margin of 30-9.
The Falcons will return to action on Saturday at 7 p.m. as they face the No. 2 seeded Limestone Saints for Conference Carolinas Championship at N.E. Lefko Field. Earlier this season, the Falcons defeated the Saints in regular season play by the score of 7-2.