The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats faced off against Queens University Tuesday in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference quarterfinal action Tuesday evening, falling to the regular season champion Lady Royals 4-2. The Lady Bobcats end their season with 6-11-1 record.
Maribeth Novak (pictured) put the Lady Bobcats on the board first with a goal in the 25th minute. However, the depth of the first place Lady Royals answered back with a pair of quick goals by Tamara Dias-Matosas and Shannon Sweeney in the 36th and 39th minutes respectively. The Lady Royals rode the turn in momentum into the locker room at half time with a 2-1 lead.
In the second half, the Lady Royals proved just why they finished the season with a 10-1 conference record with another goal in the 54th minute off the foot of Hayley Pasko. Down 3-1, the Lady Bobcats continued to battle, trying to close the gap. In the 84th minute, it was Novak again who solved Queens goalkeeper Kristin Kornacki with a bullet to cut the lead to 3-2. Before the Lady Bobcats could gain the equalizer, Jackie Groff scored just over two minutes later to give the Lady Royals the 4-2 lead, and the win.
Senior Captain Anita Hekman played her final game in goal for the Lady Bobcats registering 23 saves, bringing her season total to 170, a new single season high. Hekman also set a single season career high this season with 6 wins. Novak finished the season as the Lady Bobcats leading scorer with eight goals.
The Lady Bobcats six wins in 2006 doubled their win total from 2005.
"I'm very proud of our ladies this evening. We came out and battled for 90 minutes against the top team in the conference. We definitely made Queens work to advance, commented Head Coach Renee Lopez. "Anita came out and gave everything she had tonight with her 23 save performance. Maribeth's two goals proved why she is one of the top players in the conference. I'm extremely proud of the strides we have made in doubling our win total from last year with being such a young team with fifteen freshman. If we can continue to develop in the offseason, I am confident we can make a good run at the CVAC Final Four next season."