Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team has a pair of matches on its schedule this week. The Bobcats will open the week with a road trip to Lenoir-Rhyne on Wednesday before closing out the week Saturday at home against Southern Wesleyan. Wednesday's game will begin at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday's match is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start time.
Last Time Out: Lees-McRae played to a 0-0 tie last Saturday at Chowan. It marked the second tie of the season for the Bobcats after they tied Barton 2-2 on September 9. It marks the first time since 2012 that the Bobcats have tied twice in one season.
Feely on a national level: Junior goalkeeper Alexis Feely currently leads the Conference Carolinas and ranks eighth nationally with 58 saves. In her career as a Bobcat, Feely has 276 saves which is the fourth-most of any net-minder in the history of the program.
Shoot for 10: The Bobcats have only reached 10 shots in a match in two of their seven matches so far in 2017. When LMC reaches that mark, it holds a 1-0-1 record as opposed to a 0-4-1 one when they do not reach 10 shots.
About the Opponents: Lenoir-Rhyne comes into Wednesday's match with the Bobcats boasting a record of 4-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play. The Bears have won two of their three matches this season against Conference Carolinas foes with victories over No. 19 Limestone and Mount Olive with the only setback coming at Belmont Abbey.
Southern Wesleyan enters the week with a record of 3-4 overall and 0-3 in conference matches. SWU has been paced so far by the duo of Rachel Curtis and Ashley Romanowski. Curtis has 12 points (5g, 2a), while Romanowski has chipped in 11 points (4g, 3a) as well.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: The Bobcats and Bears have met a total of 13 times since 1990. Lenoir-Rhyne has gotten the better of LMC in nine of the 13 contests. Lees-McRae's last victory over the Bears came in 2000.
The all-time series against Southern Wesleyan is still fairly new with the first meeting occurring in 2007. The Bobcats have won three of the four all-time matchups with the Warriors with an overall goal differential of 13-3 in those contests.