Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team earned a rematch with King (Tenn.) for a Conference Carolinas quarterfinal on Monday (Oct. 29). Video and live stats will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - LMC (8-6-2, 4-4-2 Conference Carolinas) enters the tournament as the fifth seed, while King is the fourth seed. The Bobcats continue to lead the league in goals (40), assists (42) and points (122). Pol Vassart leads the conference in goals (15), while Agustin Ortiz is second on the team and tied for fifth in the league with seven goals. Johannes Oeksnevad has scored five goals on the season, while Harvey McMorrow has scored four times. Three other Bobcats have each scored twice on the season, while another three have each contributed one goal on the year. Vassart's nine assists lead the team and are second in the conference, while McMorrow's eight helpers are second on the team and third in the league. Connor Hahn and Ortiz are both tied for sixth in the league and fourth on the team with five assists, while Philip Olidn's four assists are tied for 10th in the league. Anders Stoakes has chipped in three assists on the season, while Fredrik Haave has helped on two goals and another six Bobcats have each helped on one goal on the season. Vassart's 39 points lead the team and the league, while Ortiz's 19 points are second on the team and tied for sixth in the league. McMorrow's 16 points are tied for eighth in the conference, while Oeksnevad is the only other Bobcat with double-digit points (11). 12 other Bobcats have contributed points on the season. Anton Sundstrom is the main goalkeeper for LMC this season, posting a 1.82 goals against average (GAA), a .667 save percentage and 56 saves. His GAA is seventh in the league while his save total is eighth.
About King - King (6-8-1, 5-5-0) enters the tournament sixth in the league in goals (23), tied for eighth in assists (12) and also sixth in the league in points (58). Carlos Saavedra leads the team and is tied for fifth in the conference with seven goals, while Ben Delisle is second on the team and tied for 10th in the league. Three others have each scored twice on the season, while another four players have each tallied one goal on the season. Jairo Ruiz Caram leads the team and is tied for 10th in the league with four assists, while Saavedra is second on the team with three assists. Jalen Willis has helped on two goals this season, while another three players have each assisted on one goal this season. Saavedra is the team's point leader and seventh in the league with 17 points, while Delisle's 13 points are second on the team. 10 others have contributed points on the season. Dalton Gammon is the main goalkeeper for King, posting a 1.54 GAA, a .755 save percentage and 74 saves. Gammon's GAA is sixth in the league, while his save percentage is fifth and his save total is also sixth.
Last Time Out - The Bobcats defeated Emmanuel 1-0 on Senior Night back on Thursday (Oct. 25) in their regular season finale. LMC would out-shoot Emmanuel 11-2 in the first half, before the teams would head to the break scoreless. The Bobcats would score the only goal of the night in the 57th minute when a far-side rush set up a McMorrow corner kick. McMorrow's corner kick found the head of Matt Dunn, who scored his first of the season which would ultimately serve as the winner. The Bobcats would hold off every rush Emmanuel brought at them in the second half, but LMC would hold on to preserve the shutout and pick up a much-needed win before the Conference Carolinas tournament. LMC out-shot Emmanuel 16-4 in the win, including 6-1 in shots on goal. Vassart, Ortiz and Hahn each registered four shots on net, while Oeksnevad recorded two and Dunn and Kelvin Woods each fired one. Sundstrom made one save in the win.
Last Time vs. King - The Bobcats built a 2-0 lead rather quickly, with both early goals stemming from King fouls to set up the plays. In just the third minute, Vassart was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. The senior scored his conference-leading 15th of the season to put the Bobcats up 1-0. In the seventh minute, Ortiz was taken down and awarded a free kick from a few yards outside the box. Ortiz bent a beauty over the King wall, off the left post and in for his seventh of the season to make it 2-0 LMC. King would respond quickly when Charles Johnson sent Caram on a break through the middle of the LMC defense in the 11th minute. Caram was able to beat LMC keeper Sundstrom to his right and tap it in for his second of the season to make it 2-1. King would knot the match in the 33rd minute when Saavedra made a run down the far wing and crossed the ball into the box. The cross found Delisle, who scored his sixth of the season to tie the match yet again. The two teams would trade chances before the half ended, and there were also plenty of chances in the second half. The physical play also picked up on the evening, with four total yellow cards handed out. Despite the runs and opportunities, the match went to overtime tied at two. After one scoreless period, the teams would set up for a second extra session. The match came to an end in the 107th minute when Caram set up Saavreda when the ball was deflected past Sundstrom off a Caram free kick. King stormed the field in celebration of the conference road win. LMC out-shot King 17-14 in the loss, despite being out-shot on goal 10-6. Ortiz led LMC with five shots putting three of them on net, while two of Vassart's four were on target. Oeksnevad also totaled four shots in the contest, with one being on net. McMorrow registered three shots in the match, while Stoakes also chipped in one. Sundstrom stopped seven saves in the match, tying a season high.
Series History vs. King - This will be the 25th all-time meeting between LMC and King, with LMC holding a 12-12 series lead and also including one tie.