BOILING SPRINGS – After a lightning delay of more than an hour, Gardner-Webb got in its men's soccer exhibition Friday, dropping a 1-0 decision to Lees-McRae on a late goal.
Both teams were pulled off the field less than 30 minutes before kickoff due to lightning strikes in the area and – after a delay of nearly 90 minutes – moved onto the artificial surface of Ernest W. Spangler Stadium, home of Gardner-Webb's football and lacrosse teams, to scrimmage.
The Runnin' Bulldogs held a 12-7 edge in shots for the match and put four on goal – but would not score for the second time in two exhibition matches.
The Gardner-Webb starters have not been scored upon in 105 minutes so far in the preseason.
"We played our starters 60 minutes and saw what we needed to see out of that group," said head coach Tony Setzer. "Coach [Rich] Wall and his team were scrappy, played well down the stretch and were able to get a score. My hat's off to them."
Lees-McRae tallied the match's lone score in the 67th minute, with Pol Vassart finding the net from in close after a scramble.
Gardner-Webb will return to the pitch at Greene-Harbison Stadium on Sunday, hosting Brevard at 6:00 pm in its final exhibition match of the preseason.