Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – For the third time in the past four seasons, the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team will take part in the semifinal round of the Conference Carolinas tournament Thursday night when it takes on Chowan University from Gaffney, South Carolina. The kickoff between the Bobcats and Hawks is set for 7 p.m.
Last Time Out: The sixth-seeded Bobcats earned their way into Thursday's match by knocking off third-seeded Belmont Abbey Monday afternoon on the road. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but the Bobcats edged the Crusaders in penalty kicks, 4-2, to punch their ticket to the next round.
Conference Tournament Picture: In the opening round of the conference tournament on Monday no match was won by more than two goals. The top two seeds in Limestone and Chowan both won their first round matches by identical 2-0 scores. North Greenville was the other winner in the quarterfinals upending Barton by a score of 1-0.
Working Overtime: Lees-McRae has played in a staggering eight overtime matches this season. LMC, who has played 18 matches overall this fall, has played two overtimes on six of those occasions.
Sophomore Stepping Up: Sophomore Riley Neese netted LMC's lone goal in Monday's match at Belmont Abbey. Neese, who also netted a goal in the shootout for the Bobcats, paces all Lees-McRae scorers with season with six goals on the season.
About Chowan: The Hawks have been one of the more balanced teams in the Conference Carolinas this fall with 12-2-2 mark overall and an 8-2-1 record in league tilts. Offensively, Carolina Lucci has led the way in leading the conference with 19 goals to go along with four assists for 42 points. The Hawks also have a stellar defense led by goalkeeper Olivia Borer. Borer has allowed the fewest goals (9) and has the highest save percentage (.877) of any keeper in the conference in 2017.
Series History vs. Opponent: LMC and Chowan played to a 0-0 draw when the two teams matched up in Murfreesboro, N.C. earlier this season. Overall, the Bobcats are 2-0-1 against the Hawks since the first meeting back in 1994.