October 6, 2011

Bobcats blank Valkyries, 4-0

Box score

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) tallied two assists as four different players found the back of the net to lead the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to a 4-0 win over Converse College in Conference Carolinas play on Thursday night.

Lees-McRae (7-2-1, 6-0 CC) outshot Converse (0-10-1, 0-6 CC) by a 45-2 margin, including a 28-0 advantage in the first half, as the Bobcats have now outscored their opponents by a 32-2 tally in conference play so far this season.

Mary Dorn (Shallotte, N.C.), Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.), MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.), and Lauren Griffin (Kernersville, N.C.) each found the back of the net for the Bobcats, as Kerrigan and Santerre posted two and one assists, respectively. Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) played the full 90 minutes between the pipes for LMC, making one save en route to her sixth clean sheet of the season.

Katie Wasylko logged the full 90 minutes in goal for Converse, making 20 saves. Lisa Ryan and Sydnie Hickey each made an attempt on goal.

Sullivan opened the scoring midway through the 12th minute, taking a through ball from Santerre and beating the keeper for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. The Bobcats carried the narrow 1-0 margin into the second half, before Dorn doubled the advantage to 2-0 in the 55th minute with a header off a corner from Kerrigan.

Santerre pushed the margin to 3-0 in the closing moments of the 64th minute, finishing a rebound off a shot from Kerrigan. Griffin capped the scoring midway through the 84th minute, scoring her first career goal to equal the final margin of 4-0 with a brilliant strike to the upper 90 from 30 yards distance.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Bobcats host Queens University of Charlotte in a conference matchup at 5 p.m. on Tate Field. The Bobcats will host Kick for the Cure day at Tate Field on Saturday to raise money for breast cancer awareness, auctioning off a pink LMC soccer jersey and a ball autographed by the team.

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