Photo courtesy of Mike Keating
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team will play its final non-conference match at No. 2 Carson-Newman on Wednesday (Sept. 5), before taking on Southern Wesleyan on the road to start Conference Carolinas play on Saturday (Sept. 8). Video and live stats for both matches will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - LMC is in search of their first win of the season, despite two great games from senior goalkeeper Alexis Feely. Through two matches, Feely leads the conference in saves with 25, and has recorded at least 10 saves in each of those two matches. She is one of four keepers in Conference Carolinas with double-digit saves. Her .893 save percentage is also fifth in the conference. The Bobcats have totaled 17 shots, which is the sixth-highest total in the conference.
Last Time Out - The Bobcats fell in their season opener to Lenoir-Rhyne 1-0 last Thursday (Aug. 30) at home. The two teams went to the half scoreless, with Feely stopping all nine L-R shots in the frame. The two teams remained scoreless into the 70th minute until Abbie Brown split several defenders and was able to beat Feely for the winner and her first of the season. LMC finished with three total shots, with Tegan Dean putting one on frame. Cassie McFayden also narrowly missed her first of the season in the 74th minute when her shot deflected off the post in the 74th minute. Feely finished with 15 saves, and was able to keep her team in the match.
LMC would drop their second home match to visiting Lynn on Saturday (Sept. 1) by a score of 2-0. The two teams were back and forth for the first part of the opening half, before Gabriela Moreira scored what would be the winner at the 28-minute mark off an assist from Morgan Meltzer. The Fighting Knights would take their 1-0 lead to the half, before Monica Rojas scored her first of the season in the 62nd minute from Tara Harris to double her team's lead for good. LMC totaled 14 shots in the contest, including putting seven on net. Katie Jo Daniel and Sarah Giarusso each put two shots on frame, while three other Bobcats each fired one shot on net in the loss. Feely recorded her second straight game with double-digit saves, stopping 10 shots in the match.
About the Opponents - Carson-Newman comes into the matchup ranked No. 2 in the country in the United Soccer Coaches poll, but have dropped their first two matches of the regular season. This match will be the home opener for the Eagles, after the fell to West Florida 2-0 on Aug. 31 and to Columbus State 3-2 on Sept. 2. Emilee Futrell has scored both the goals on the season for the Eagles. Jasmine Rizk has played all 180:00 between the pipes for Carson-Newman, allowing five goals and making nine saves.
Southern Wesleyan is 1-1-0 through one week, defeating Bob Jones 2-1 on Aug. 30 before falling to Columbia International 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 1. Southern Wesleyan will host Georgia Southwestern on Wednesday (Sept. 5) before hosting LMC.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the 14th all-time meeting between LMC and Carson-Newman, with Carson-Newman holding a narrow 7-6 edge in the series. The two teams met early last season, with No. 12 Carson-Newman coming away with a 4-0 win.
This will be the sixth all-time meeting between LMC and Southern Wesleyan, with LMC holding a 3-2 series lead. Southern Wesleyan left Banner Elk last season with a 1-0 overtime win.