Lady Bobcats blank Limestone 3-0 to open conference play

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) recorded a pair of assists and Mary Beth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) scored her first collegiate goal to lead the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to its third straight win, as the Lady Bobcats shut out Limestone College 3-0 at Tate Field to open Conference Carolinas play.

Lees-McRae (3-1, 1-0 CC) out-shot the Saints (1-3, 0-1 CC) by a 14-2 margin, including a 9-2 advantage in the first half. Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) recorded her third goal of the season, scoring in her third straight match to lead the Bobcats.

Jessica O'Leary (Milbury, Mass.) tallied her third goal of the season as well, scoring in her second straight match. Kerrigan recorded a season-high two assists, marking the fourth straight match in which she has tallied a helper. Sullivan also tallied an assist in addition to her first goal of the season.

Rich opened the scoring midway through the fifth minute, driving a wonderful strike into the top corner after Sullivan made a brilliant run down the flank and delivered a perfect cross to Rich for the finish.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of Lees-McRae until the closing moments of the 55th minute, when O'Leary delivered a highlight reel goal off a corner by Kerrigan. After Kerrigan laid off a short corner to O'Leary, the junior forward delivered a high-arcing shot into the far side netting from 20 yards distance to give the Lady Bobcats a 2-0 lead.

Sullivan stretched the lead to 3-0 midway through the 61st minute, delivering a driven strike past the keeper off a perfect through ball by Kerrigan for her first goal of the season.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Tuesday when the Lady Bobcats travel to Belmont, N.C. for a 2 p.m. matchup with Belmont Abbey College to continue league play.

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