MISENHEIMER, N.C. - The Pfeiffer University men's soccer team (3-5-1, 1-3 Conference Carolinas) fell to conference foe Lees-McRae on a warm and sunny afternoon on Thursday afternoon. The Bobcats pushed their winning streak to five with the 2-0 road victory as Matthew Cureton had a goal and an assist to lead the way.
The first half was scoreless and very evenly played. At the end of the first 45 minutes, Lees-McRae had a 6-5 lead in shots, with Pfeiffer holding a 2-1 advantage in corners. The Bobcats (5-3, 3-0) committed six fouls to five for the host Falcons.
The Bobcats broke the tie in the 49th minute as Alex Hasler gathered a rebound in front of the goal and scored on the open net. Cureton was credited with the assist. In the 57th minute, a controversial penalty was called on Pfeiffer defender Nick Janes and the visitors were given a penalty kick. Cureton blasted home the opportunity, putting it in the right corner of the net.
The match would end with the Bobcats leading in shots, 14-11. Corner kicks were even at three.
Head Coach Bob Reasso was disappointed after the game.
"I think Lees-McRae is a good team but we let ourselves down today," said Reasso. "We didn't put in the necessary effort to win this kind of game."
Nicolas Dulac made four saves for Pfeiffer, while Thomas Rusling made four stops to record his fourth shutout of the season.
The Falcons return to action on Saturday as they look to rebound with a 4 p.m. match against Mount Olive.