BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's soccer
team finished the 2008 season ranked 13th in the nation according
to the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings.
The Bobcats, who were 17-3-3 overall and 9-0-1 in conference,
were back-to-back Conference Carolinas regular season and
tournament champions. The team entered the NCAA Tournament
Regionals as the second seed in the Southeast Region. The Bobcats
reached the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive season.
In the round of 32 of the tournament, the Bobcats defeated
conference opponent Limestone College, 2-1, but fell to host
Tusculum College, 2-0, in the Sweet Sixteen.
"Playing in November was a goal of ours from the start of the
season," head coach Chris Whalley said. "It is an honor to be
ranked 13th at the end of the season, and I am proud of the boys
for their efforts this season. Going to the NCAA Tournament and
making the Sweet Sixteen two years in a row is a huge
accomplishment and a benchmark for the success of this