Photo Courtesy of Sammy Croft
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team will head out for a pair of road matches this week. The Bobcats will begin the week with a tilt at King (Tenn.) Wednesday before wrapping up the week with a trip to Mount Olive on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled for 1 p.m. start times.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae rallied from a 2-0 deficit Saturday to force a 2-2 tie against conference rival Barton. With the tie, Lees-McRae moved to 0-2-1 on the 2017 season.
Multi-goal effort from Neese – Sophomore Riley Neese netted both of Lees-McRae's goals in Saturday's game against Barton. The pair of goals surpassed Neese's goal total from her entire freshman campaign. Additionally, Neese is the first Bobcat to net two goals in a game since October 31, 2015 when former Bobcats Mallory Overholt and Sarah Mahar both scored twice against Erskine.
Adding the Assists – On the two goals by Neese on Saturday both Allyna Ankney and Allyson Burney picked up assists. For both players it was their first points of the season, and for Burney it was her first collegiate point.
Saving the Day – Junior goalkeeper Alexis Feely currently leads Conference Carolinas with 34 saves this season. On a national level, Feely's 34 saves are tied for fifth among Division II goalkeepers.
Scouting the Opponents – King enters Wednesday's match with the Bobcats with a 1-2-1 record and a 1-0 mark in league play. The Tornado picked up their first win of 2017 last Saturday when they blanked Erskine on the road, 1-0.
Mount Olive, meanwhile, comes into this week's action still in search of its first win of the season as its record sits at 0-2-0. UMO has dropped both of its matches so far by identical 3-0 scores against Florida Southern and Lenoir-Rhyne.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Lees-McRae has fared well against King and Mount Olive over the years as it holds records of 11-4-0 and 14-7-1 against the two foes, respectively. The Bobcats knocked off both King and UMO last season by a collective score of 5-0.