BRISTOL, Tenn. --- Freshman Lena Langille (Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia) posted her first multi-goal performance of her collegiate career, scoring a first-half double to lead the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to its third straight clean sheet with a 2-0 win over King University in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Lees-McRae (6-6, 5-1 CC) extends its win streak to five matches while claiming the top spot in the conference standings after Barton College's 1-0 victory over Belmont Abbey College earlier in the day. The Bobcats controlled the run of play for much of the match, outshooting King (3-7-2, 1-2-2 CC) by a 27-7 margin on the afternoon, including a 13-2 advantage in the first half.
Langille paced the Bobcats with her second and third goals of the season, as Mallory Overholt (Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada) added an assist on both strikes; Cheyenne Warrick (Pikeville, N.C.) chipped in a helper of her own for her first collegiate point. Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) made four saves to notch her third straight shutout and 17th of her career, moving into fourth on the program's all-time list.
Rachel Thorpe led the way for King with four shots, including two on frame, as Morgan Lawson and Nicole Dagher combined for nine saves while each working one half.
The Bobcats got off to a flying start in the first half, scoring twice within a five-minute span to take an early 2-0 lead. Langille would find the opener late in the 22nd minute, finishing upper 90 after Overholt put her through alone on the keeper.
Langille then doubled the advantage to two in the 27th, tapping in from two yards out after some nifty one-two play from Warrick and Overholt, sending the Bobcats into the interval with a 2-0 lead.
The freshman forward nearly made it a treble in the 33rd, eliciting a skillful save from Lawson as the Bobcats continued to harry the Tornado backline in search of a third. Lawson would be called upon to make a pair of stops in the remainder of the period, as the Bobcats carried a 2-0 advantage into the interval.
King responded well in the early moments of the second half, pushing forward and forcing a pair of early stops by Briggs. The Bobcats answered with a concerted attack over the remainder of the match to quell the rallying effort, outshooting the Tornado by a 13-3 margin over the final half hour, including a glorious chance by Sarah Mahar (Jacksonville, Fla.) in the 76th minute that skittered just wide from the top of the area.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Monday when the Bobcats travel to Mars Hill, N.C. to take on Southeast Region foe Mars Hill University at 7 p.m.
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