BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team will head back out on the road this week with a pair of matches. The Bobcats will begin the week by taking on Catawba Wednesday evening before traveling to Chowan on Saturday. Kickoff for Wednesday's match is set for 7:30 p.m., while Saturday's is scheduled to get underway at 2:30 p.m.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats fell to Emmanuel College last Saturday at Tate Field by a score of 2-1. With the loss, Lees-McRae moves to 2-5-2 overall and 2-2-1 within Conference Carolinas.
Down the Home Stretch – Lees-McRae now has less than a month of regular season play remaining on its schedule. Currently, the Bobcats sit fifth in the league standings with seven points to their credit with five league matches to go. If the Bobcats can finish within the top eight teams in the conference, they will aim to continue their success in the postseason. Lees-McRae, which has won six conference tournament titles in its history, has won at least one postseason game in three of the past four seasons.
Agu with the attempts – Junior Agustin Ortiz has definitely had plenty of scoring chances during the 2019 season so far. Ortiz currently ranks third in the nation with 43 shots taken ranking only behind Santiago Agudelo of Fort Hays State with 47 and Christian Provenzano of Coker who has 44.
About the Opponents – Catawba comes into Wednesday's match with the Bobcats in the midst of a scoring drought having been shut out its past two matches. Overall, the Indians are 4-4-0 overall and 1-3 within South Atlantic Conference (SAC) play. A player to watch for Catawba in Wednesday's matchup is Simone Trentin who ranks eighth in the nation with five assists in 2019.
Chowan, meanwhile, comes into the week sporting a 4-3-0 overall record and a 3-1-0 mark within conference action. The Hawks have the top goal scorer in the conference in Harrison Ardron on their squad. Ardron, who has netted eight goals in 2019, has accounted for exactly half of Chowan's goal output on the season.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Lees-McRae does not have a ton previous history against either Catawba or Chowan compared to other schools. LMC is 4-5-0 all-time against Catawba with the first meeting occurring all the way back in 1986. As for the series against Chowan, the Hawks have won three of the five all-time matchups.