Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team will hit the road for a pair of Conference Carolinas matches in the state of South Carolina this week. LMC will start the week with a matchup against league-leading Limestone Wednesday before heading to Spartanburg Saturday to take on Converse. Wednesday's match is set for a 5 p.m. kickoff, while Saturday's tilt is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out: Freshman Kiara Montenegro netted the first two goals of her collegiate career to lift the Bobcats to a 2-1 victory over Belmont Abbey Saturday evening at Tate Field. The victory improved the Bobcats' record to 2-7-2 overall and 2-2-2 in league tilts.
Sophomore stepping up: Sophomore Riley Neese has stepped up to lead Lees-McRae's offense this fall. The Greensboro, N.C. native currently paces all LMC players with nine points, including four goals. Neese's four goals are the sixth-most in Conference Carolinas this season.
Score two or more: Saturday's victory over Belmont Abbey continues a trend for the Bobcats over the past few seasons. When Lees-McRae nets two or more goals in a match it holds a record of 9-1-1 since the beginning of the 2015 season. On the flip side when they score one or less, the Bobcats are 5-29-2 over the same time frame.
About the Opponents: Limestone enters Wednesday's match with the Bobcats sitting at the top of the league standings with a 6-0-0 mark in conference contests and a 9-2-0 record overall. The Saints have two of the top five scorers in the conference in Alex Mathis and Millie Shaw who have 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Converse, meanwhile, sits one point behind the Bobcats in the race for the eighth and final spot in the conference tournament. The Valkyries come into the week with a record of 3-7-2 overall and 2-5-1 in league tilts. The top player for Converse this season so far has been Nicole Doolittle who has five of the team's 11 goals in 2017.
Series Histories vs. the Opponents: In the all-time series against both Limestone and Converse, the Bobcats hold the edge. LMC is 13-7-2 against the Saints, but its last win came in 2014. As for the series against Converse, the Bobcats are 15-2 all-time against the Valkyries since the first meeting in 1998.