BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team released its 2019 schedule Wednesday afternoon. The Bobcats are scheduled to compete in 15 matches this fall with seven of those contests set to be played on Tate Field.
Lees-McRae will begin its 2019 campaign with a pair of road matches against schools from the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). First, the Bobcats will make the short trip to take on Mars Hill on September 5 for their season opener. Following that tilt, Lees-McRae will travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on September 8.
After those two road contests, the Bobcats will open their home schedule with three straight matches in Banner Elk. Lees-McRae will take on Anderson (Sept. 13) in its home opener followed by its first two Conference Carolinas tilts of the season against Southern Wesleyan (Sept. 15) and Erskine (Sept. 21). Closing out the season's first month for Lees-McRae will be a pair of road matchups at Tusculum (Sept. 25) and Mount Olive (Sept. 28).
As the calendar turns to October, Lees-McRae will begin the month with contests against North Greenville (Oct. 2) and Emmanuel (Oct. 5) at Tate Field. The latter contest will be a part of the Homecoming festivities. The Bobcats will then close out the month with a tough stretch playing four of the five matches away from the High Country. Lees-McRae is slated to travel to Catawba (Oct. 9), Chowan (Oct. 12), Limestone (Oct. 23) and King (Oct. 30) with the only home tilt during that stretch being a matchup against Belmont Abbey on October 19.
The Bobcats will close out their regular season with a match against Barton on November 2 at Tate Field. That contest will serve as the team's senior day celebration.
The 2019 Conference Carolinas men's soccer tournament will begin on November 9 at the campus sites of the top four teams in regular season standings. The four winners of the quarterfinal round will advance to the semifinals (Nov. 15) and perhaps the championship game (Nov. 17) at the site of the highest remaining seed following the first round. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.