Bobcats ranked fourth in nation in scoring offense

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team is ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense, announced NCAA officials Wednesday with the release of this week's NCAA Division II women's soccer statistics.

Lees-McRae (13-4-1, 11-1 Conference Carolinas) is in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history, capturing the Conference Carolinas regular season championship for the first time since 2000, while entering Thursday's conference tournament semifinal round having earned a result from 14 of its last 16 matches. The Bobcats enter the week ranked fourth in scoring offense (3.06), 11th in shutout percentage (0.647), 36th in goals against average (0.697), and 39th in winning percentage (0.735).

Senior Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) enters the week ranked 11th in the nation in match-winners (5.0), 27th in total assists (8.0), and 33rd in helpers per contest (0.47). Sophomore Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) is ranked 16th in assists per match (0.57) and 27th in total helpers (8.0), while freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) enters the week ranked 40th in goals against average (0.705).

Freshman Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) is ranked 29th in total goals (12), 32nd in goals per match (0.706), and 38th in points per contest (1.71), while sophomore MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) is listed 30th in match-winners (4.0) and 71st in goals per contest (0.588).

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Thursday when the Bobcats host third-seeded Limestone in the semifinal round of the conference tournament at 7 p.m. on Tate Field. The Saints won the teams' regular season matchup on Oct. 25 in Gaffney, S.C. by a score of 2-0.

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