Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The undefeated Lees-McRae College men's soccer team will begin its 2017 home schedule this week with a pair of matches against Carson-Newman and Barton. The Bobcats will take on the Eagles on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before closing out the week with its first conference match of the season against the Bulldogs Saturday at 4 p.m.
Last Time Out – In their first action of the 2017 campaign, the Bobcats posted a 1-0-1 record last weekend against Rollins College and Saint Leo University. Lees-McRae rallied from a two-goal deficit to pick up a 3-3 tie against RC Friday prior to knocking off Saint Leo by a 3-1 score on Saturday.
Seniors Stepping Up – A key to Lees-McRae's early season success has been the play of its senior class but specifically Tom Deeley and Nathan Watt. Deeley not only leads the team with his seven points (3g, 1a) but he also paces all Conference Carolinas players in points along with goals. Watt, meanwhile, leads the league with two assists and has scored a goal as well for a total of four points.
Unblemished Record Note – Lees-McRae's record currently stands at 1-0-1 through two matches. It is the first time since the 2014 season that the Bobcats do not have a loss on their record through a season's first two contests.
Scouting Carson-Newman – The Eagles opened its season last Saturday with a 3-0 victory at North Greenville. Tom Read netted a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Eagles, while Johann Pereira added a goal as well.
Scouting Barton – Despite being picked to finish ninth in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll, Barton started its season with a 1-0 victory over No. 23 Tusculum on Saturday. Leading the charge for the Bulldogs was goalkeeper Jens Madsen Hordvik who made nine saves in the victory. For his efforts, Hordvik was named the conference's player of the week.
Series Histories – The Bobcats have posted winning records in the all-time series against Carson-Newman and Barton. Lees-McRae is 8-5-0 against the Eagles, while its record against the Bulldogs is 17-9-0. Despite the winning records against both programs, LMC is looking to snap losing streaks against both teams this week. Carson-Newman has not lost to Lees-McRae since 2011, and Barton won last season's matchup between the two teams, 2-0.