September 22, 2012

Royals edge Bobcats, 1-0

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- The Queens University of Charlotte women's soccer team scored midway through the 38th minute, and held off a late surge by Lees-McRae College en route to a narrow 1-0 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.

Lees-McRae (3-3-1, 2-1 CC) outshot Queens (3-5, 1-1 CC) by a 25-12 margin in the match, including a 17-5 advantage in the first half, as the Royals held a slim 4-3 edge on corner kicks.

Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) and Sarah Mahar (Jacksonville, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with five shots each, while Sam Arendt (Franklinton, N.C.) chipped in four attempts of her own. Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) made five saves between the pipes for the Bobcats.

Brooke Foil scored the lone goal of the match for Queens, sending three shots on frame as Nicole Hoff tallied an assist. Kelsey Seretis made 11 saves to keep a clean sheet for the Royals.

Lees-McRae tested the Royal keeper early and often, forcing Seretis to make seven saves in the opening 32 minutes to preserve the deadlock and keep Lees-McRae off the score sheet. Queens snatched the advantage against the run of play midway through the 38th minute, when Hoff found Foil in position for the finish to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Erica Allen (Norton, Ohio) nearly leveled proceedings six minutes later, forcing Seretis into a skillful save to keep the Royals in front heading into the interval.

The Bobcats continued to push the tempo in the second half in search of an equalizer, sending four shots toward goal within a four-minute span. Mahar nearly equalized just past the hour mark, forcing a stop by Seretis to maintain the narrow advantage. Seretis parried another effort from Thornton midway through the 79th minute, preserving the Royals' 1-0 lead en route to the clean sheet.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Belmont, N.C. to take on Belmont Abbey College in conference play at 1:30 p.m.

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