Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team will look to have a bounce-back effort with matches at Lenoir-Rhyne Wednesday and Southern Wesleyan at home on Saturday. LMC and LR will kick off at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday's match will begin at 4:15 p.m. at Tate Field.
Last Time Out: The Bobcats dropped a pair of matches by identical 3-2 scores last week against Lincoln Memorial and at Chowan. With the results last week, the Bobcats move to 5-2-1 on the season and 3-1-0 in conference matches.
Regionally Ranked: Despite the pair of losses last week, the Bobcats are still ranked in the NCAA's Southeast Regional Rankings checking in at No. 8. It marked the fourth consecutive week that the team has been in the regional rankings.
National Leader: Sophomore Harvey McMorrow not only leads Conference Carolinas with his six assists this season but his assist numbers are also tied for the most in Division II men's soccer.
About the Opponents: Much like the Bobcats, Lenoir-Rhyne will look to snap a two-match losing skid on Wednesday. In the losing skid, the Bears fell to Carson-Newman (1-0) and Lincoln Memorial (2-0) on the road. Overall, the Bears are 4-2-0 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Even with the two losses, Lenior-Rhyne is still receiving votes in this week's national poll.
SWU comes into this week with a 3-4-0 record and a 2-1 mark in league matches. The Warriors own conference victories over Barton and North Greenville so far this season after going winless in Conference Carolinas play a season ago.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: The all-time series between LMC and LR has been very competitive. The Bears hold the slight edge with a record of 6-5-3 against the Bobcats. Lenoir-Rhyne has won the previous two meetings between the two programs with LMC's last win in the series coming in 2011.
The Bobcats have won all three of the meetings against Southern Wesleyan since it joined the conference in 2014.