Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team will take on Tusculum on the road Wednesday before hosting Belmont Abbey Saturday evening at Tate Field this week. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out: Lees-McRae dropped a 1-0 decision to Southern Wesleyan at home last Saturday. The loss moved LMC's record to 1-6-2 overall and 1-2-2 in conference play this season.
Sophomore Stepping Up: Sophomore Riley Neese has scored over half of Lees-McRae's goals this season. The Greensboro, North Carolina native leads the team with four goals on top of one assist for a team-high nine points this fall.
Standout Stat about Saves: LMC goalkeeper Alexis Feely currently is fifth among all NCAA Division II net-minders with 70 saves this season. Feely trails the national leader, Salem International's Emily Pontiakos, by only seven stops.
About the Opponents: Tusculum comes into this week's play boasting a record of 6-2-0 this season. The Pioneers have only lost to Alabama-Huntsville and Queens (N.C.) so far in 2017. TC also owns a perfect 3-0 mark on its home pitch. A key to Tusculum's success this season has been its ability to get contributions from several different players. The Pioneers have five different players with at least two goals, and they have played three different goalkeepers so far this fall.
Belmont Abbey enters October with a 6-2-1 record overall and a 2-1-1 mark in Conference Carolinas matches. BAC battled to a 1-1 tie against Barton in its last contest. Oddly enough, the Crusaders have played much better on the road than at home this season. Belmont Abbey is a perfect 4-0-0 in road matches, but are just 2-2-1 at home.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: The Bobcats have fared well against Tusculum since their first meeting in 1990. Overall, Lees-McRae hold an 8-3 record all-time vs. the Pioneers with the last contest occurring in 2014. Belmont Abbey, however, has held the decisive edge on LMC in their previous matchups. Since the series began in 1994, the Crusaders are 20-7-2 against the Bobcats. Lees-McRae last notched a win against BAC in 2012.