Area sports notes: Lee men's soccer team loses in opening round of NCAA Division II tournament

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The Lee University men's soccer team ended a historic season with a heartbreaking loss Thursday night in Boca Raton, Florida. The Flames, who won the Gulf South Conference tournament for the first time and were making their debut in the NCAA Division II bracket, lost to Queens University of Charlotte in the opening round 5-4 on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes of regulation and overtime. The North Carolina program, seeded eighth in Super Region 2, scored first in the 54th minute, but the ninth-seeded Flames (12-5-4) responded 14 minutes later as junior Jared McWhorter scored his eighth goal this season. Jonah Bryan, Eemeli Makela, Sagi Rada and Samaan Williams converted for Lee during the shootout, when Flames goalkeeper Daniel Hrenko made his fifth save of the match, but the Royals (12-6) got two big saves from Sebastian Kalk after he had none during the match.