Mountain Lions shut out No. 22 Bears 2-0 in first round of NCAA tournament

Young Harris' Marco Micaletto
Young Harris' Marco Micaletto

GAFFNEY, S.C. | Young Harris College score twice in the second half as the Mountain Lions defeated No. 22-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne College 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship Thursday (Nov. 9) evening at Saints Field on the campus of Limestone College.

The Mountain Lions, who are seeded fourth in the Southeast region, improved to 12-3-2 and will now face top seed Limestone, which is ranked No. 7 nationally, in the second round Saturday (Nov. 11) at 1 p.m. The Bears, who were the fifth seed, ended their season at 10-4-3.

The teams battled through a scoreless first half before YHC struck in the 58th minute. Macauley King, who is tied for the lead in the Peach Belt Conference with 10 assists, collected the ball in the box and passed it to Marco Micaletto at the top of the box. Micaletto blasted the ball down the middle for his team-leading ninth goal of the season at the 57:44 mark.

The Bears had their best opportunity to equalize the match with nine minutes remaining, but Young Harris goalkeeper Alex Iglesias made a nice leg save after Ruben Morillas slipped past the Mountain Lion defense and fired a shot at point-blank range.

Young Harris added an insurance goal at the 83:14 mark on a King penalty kick after the Bears were whistled for a hand ball in the box. The PBC Player of the Year buried his first goal of the season into the right corner of the net.

The Mountain Lions held an 11-10 edge in shots, but a 5-1 margin on those than were on goal. YHC held a 3-1 advantage on corner kicks. Iglesias had one save for the Mountain Lions as he claimed the sixth clean sheet of 2017. Zach King had three saves for the Bears.