Bobcats receiving votes in national poll

KANSAS CITY, Kan. --- The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team is receiving votes in this week's edition of the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced NSCAA officials Tuesday.

The Bobcats (3-1, 1-0 Conference Carolinas) have won each of their last three matches, including a 2-1 come-from-behind win over then-No. 22 Flagler College on Sep. 3. Lees-McRae posted an unblemished 2-0 record last week, recording a pair of 1-0 victories over Lenoir-Rhyne University and St. Andrews Presbyterian College to vault to fourth in the region rankings.

Sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, England) and the Bobcat backline rank among the nation's leaders in several categories, as Rusling is listed 24th in goals against average (0.493) and 41st in save percentage (0.818). The Bobcats also ranked 19th in team goals against average (0.49) and 21st in shutout percentage (0.50), while senior captain David Palmer (South Shields, England) is listed 35th in total assists (2.0).

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Bristol, Tenn. to take on conference newcomer King College in league play. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m.

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