Lady Bobcats charm Cobras, 8-1

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Abby White (Madisonville, Tenn.) netted her second goal of the season, and added an assist on senior day as the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team cruised to an 8-1 win over Coker College in Conference Carolinas play.

MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) added three goals and two assists in the victory to pace the Lady Bobcats (13-5, 8-2 CC), while Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) added two scores to make senior day memorable for LMC's four seniors. Katelyn Custer (Mooresville, N.C.) and Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) also added a goal and assist each for Lees-McRae, which outshot the Cobras (1-14-1, 1-8-1 CC) by a 25-3 margin, including a 12-1 advantage in the first half.

Prior to the contest, the Lady Bobcats honored four seniors for their time and dedication to the program. White, Brittany Bolton (Roanoke, Va.), Aleeshia Fisher (Lenoir, N.C.), and Caitlin Smith (Spartanburg, S.C.) were honored in a short ceremony to open festivities. During the ceremony, each senior was presented with a framed jersey and flowers to commemorate their time at Lees-McRae.

The contest opened with a flurry of activity as the Lady Bobcats rocked the Coker defense back on their heels with a relentless attack. Early in the 12th minute, Sullivan placed a Custer offering into the far netting to open a 1-0 lead for LMC. At the 19:00 minute mark, Sullivan added her second score of the day, extending the lead to 2-0, when Emily Jones (Leonardtown, Md.) fed a cross into the left side of the box for the far-side finish.

The Cobras netted their lone goal of the contest in the 23rd minute when Sarah Kinsey (Windermere, Fla.) netted a sliding shot from the top of the box to slice the margin to 2-1.

Rich netted her first score of the contest in the 28th minute to extend the advantage to 3-1, placing a Jones helper off the near post into the far side of the goal. Rich tallied her tenth goal of the season and second of the contest late in the 47th minute, touching a ball past the keeper to make it 4-1. Custer and Kerrigan added goals in the 60th and 61st minute to push the advantage to 6-1 in favor of the Bobcats.

Sullivan completed the hat-trick in the 63rd minute when Rich returned the favor, leading Sullivan into the box for the finish into the nearside netting. White capped the day's scoring in the 70th minute, volleying a Monica Young (Supply, N.C.) cross over the keeper to equal the final margin of 8-1.

Bolton finished the day with two stops on three shots from the Cobra attackers, while Carrie Hudnell (Goose Creek, S.C.) stopped 14 shots on goal for Coker.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Monday when the Lady Bobcats host Mount Olive College in opening round action of the 2010 Conference Carolinas Tournament. The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Tate Field.

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