The Lee men’s soccer team sent their seniors away in style Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory over Southern States Athletic Conference rival Truett-McConnell at the Lee soccer field.
The win was crucial in keeping the Flames’ postseason hopes alive and moved them to 8-7-1 overall and 4-6 in SSAC play. With the loss the Bears fell to 3-10-1 overall and 0-8-1 in conference.
The six seniors were honored at halftime but it was during the game that they stole the show. Senior Sias Reyneke scored the first goal at the 4:36 mark. The Cleveland native slipped a shot past the keeper to put the Flames up early. Shoval Failer provided the assist.
Lee went up 2-0 at the 21:32 mark when the Bears struggled to clear a corner kick and ended up putting the ball in their own net.
Senior forward Sebastian Vallejo struck for two second half goals while playing his final home match. Vallejo weaved in and out of the defense and hammered home the third Flame goal at the 52:10 mark. The native of Miami connected again in the 72nd minute to finish off the Flames 4-1 victory.
“I was really happy for Sebas (Sebastian Vallejo) scoring two goals” stated coach Paul Furey.
Truett-McConnell scored its lone goal of the match in the 55th minute as Matthew Robertshaw headed home a corner kick from Ryan Danford.
Tom Halsall had three saves for the Flames in the contest. Truett-McConnell keeper Craig Stephenson registered five saves.
The Flames dominated in the shot department, outshooting the Bears 23-10. Lee put eight of their shots on goal. Truett-McConnell had four shots on mark.
“I’m really happy for our six seniors. They really came and played very well. Robby (Marcum) did a nice job for us in the middle. Luke (Cuthbert) and Ceddy (Cedric Beauzile) once again did a good job in the back. I was happy for Sias (Reyneke) getting things going for us with the first goal.
Overall it was an important win for us. We need to use this to propel us for another big game on Saturday. For us it’s an early playoff game. So we need to come out and be ready to go against Southern Poly” added coach Furey.
Furey’s Flames will play their final regular season match Saturday as they travel to Marietta, Ga., to take on No. 12 Southern Polytechnic State University. The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff.