Men's Soccer Travels to Barton in Search of a Key Conference Win

Men's Soccer Travels to Barton in Search of a Key Conference Win

Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team will take on Barton College with big time conference points on the line on Saturday (Oct. 20) at 4 p.m. Video and live stats will be available at

About the Bobcats - LMC comes into the matchup sitting in seventh place in Conference Carolinas with eight points and a 6-5-2 (2-3-2 Conference Carolinas) record. Lees-McRae continues to lead the league in goals (33), assists (38) and points (104). Pol Vassart's team-high 13 goals also lead the league, while Agustin Ortiz is tied for fourth in the conference with six. Johannes Oeksnevad has scored four goals on the year, while four other Bobcats have eached netted two goals and two others have scored one goal each on the year. Vassart also leads the team and is tied for the league lead in assists with eight, while Harvey McMorrow is third in the league with seven helpers. Connor Hahn is tied for fifth in the conference with five assists, while Philip Oldin and Ortiz are both tied for eighth in the conference with four assists. Fredrik Haave and Anders Stoakes each have two assists on the season, while another six Bobcats each have one assist on the year. Vassart's 34 points also lead both the team and the conference, while Ortiz's 16 points are fifth in the league. McMorrow's 11 points are tied for 10th in the league, and 13 other players have each tallied points on the season for LMC. Anton Sundstrom has played the majority of the minutes in goal for the Bobcats, owning a 2.06 goals against average (GAA), a .652 save percentage and 43 total saves. His GAA and save total are both ninth in the conference.

Last Time Out - The Bobcats played to a 1-1 2OT draw at Belmont Abbey last Saturday (Oct. 13). The two teams traded chances throughout the first half, before the Bobcats would draw first blood in the 27th minute. Vassart would strike for his conference-leading 13th of the season from Hahn to put the Bobcats ahead 1-0. The two teams would trade chances all the way up to the break and LMC would take the 1-0 lead to the half. The Bobcats would use their stingy defense to keep the ball out of their end in the second half until Belmont Abbey would capitalize on a chance in the 87th minute. Geinner Duque would score from Nando Morales to send the Crusader bench into a frenzy. The match would head to overtime tied at one. No goals were scored in the first overtime period, and set the stage for the second extra session. Oeksnevad got the best chance of the second overtime period off a free kick, with the ball landing on his foot before he turned and fired. His shot was stopped by a diving Ben Knust in net for the Crusaders. The match would end as a 1-1 draw. Belmont Abbey out-shot Lees-McRae 17-12 in the contest, including 6-2 in shots on goal. Vassart LMC with four shots, while Hahn registered three. Stoakes totaled two shots in the effort, and three other Bobcats each tallied one shot in the match. Sundstrom made five saves in the effort.

About the Opponent - Barton comes into the matchup off 5-4 win against Piedmont International on Wednesday (Oct. 17). Barton sits at fourth in Conference Carolinas with an 8-3-1 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in Conference Carolinas, good for 13 points. The Bulldogs are also ranked ninth in the Southeast region. Barton is second in the league in goals behind LMC with 29, fourth in assists with 17 and also second in points with 75. Ruben Mancio's team-leading 10 goals are second in the conference, while Pol Monells is second on the team with six goals. Tolly Beatson has chipped in five goals, while Jesus Navarro has scored twice and six other Bulldogs have scored once on the season. Monells leads the team and is fourth in the league in assists with six, while Beatson has two helpers and another nine players have helped on one goal each on the season.  Mancio's team-high 21 points are also second in the league, while Monells is fourth in the league with 18 points. Beatson is the only other player with double-digit points on the season (12), while 12 others have also registered points on the year. Francisco Noguera is Barton's main goalkeeper, owning a 1.67 GAA, a .716 save percentage and 48 total saves. His GAA and save total are both seventh in the conference, while his save percentage is ninth. 

Series History vs. Opponent - This will be the 28th all-time meeting between LMC and Barton, with Lees-McRae leading the all-time series 18-9. LMC defeated Barton 4-1 in last year's meeting.

Up Next - The Bobcats are back home at Tate Field on Tuesday (Oct. 23) when they host King (Tenn.) in Conference Carolinas play. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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