Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team has a pair of matches on tap this week. Lees-McRae will open the week with a non-conference matchup Wednesday against Lincoln Memorial before stepping back into conference play Saturday with a road match at Chowan. Start times for the two contests are scheduled for 5 p.m. and noon, respectively.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats fell on the road to Mount Olive last Saturday by a score of 2-1. Allyna Ankney netted the lone goal for Lees-McRae in the contest. With the result Saturday, LMC's record dips to 1-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference matches.
Feely on top of the leaderboards – Junior goalkeeper Alexis Feely currently paces all Conference Carolinas goalkeepers with 47 saves so far this season. Additionally, Feely ranks third in the nation with those 47 saves. With her save totals this season, Feely has 265 for her Bobcat career which is the fourth-most in program history. Feely needs just 31 more stops to move into third place on that list.
Second Half Squad – The Bobcats have definitely been a second half team so far in 2017. Four of the team's six goals on the season have come in the final 45 minutes of matches. Leading this second half charge has been the duo of Riley Neese and Ankney who have four points and three points in second halves this season.
About the Opponents – The Railsplitters own a 3-3-0 overall record and a 0-2 mark in South Atlantic Conference action. LMU will be looking to snap a three-match losing skid Wednesday after beginning its season 3-0.
Chowan currently sits at the top of the Conference Carolinas standings with an unblemished 2-0-0 mark in league matches and a 3-0-1 record overall. The Hawks have been a potent offensive team this season as they are outscoring opponents 15-1 in their four matches. Leading these efforts has been Carolina Lucci who has 11 points (5g, 1a) in those four contests.
Series Histories against Opponents – Lees-McRae does not have a ton of previous history with the two programs it will face this week. LMC is 2-0-1 all-time against Lincoln Memorial with the last meeting occurring in 2011. Meanwhile in the series against Chowan, the Bobcats have won both of the previous meetings with the last coming in 1994.