Photo courtesy of Mike Keating
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team takes on Barton College on the road in Conference Carolinas action on Saturday (Oct. 20) at 1:30 p.m. Video and live stats will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - LMC enters the week with a 2-11-0 overall mark as well as a 2-6-0 in Conference Carolinas. The Bobcats are chasing a possible berth into the Conference Carolinas tournament, totaling six points so far. The Bobcats have totaled 10 goals, eight assists and 28 points on the season. Autumn Esposito, Sarah Giarusso and Alexa Todd share the team lead in goals with two, while Katie Jo Daniel, Tegan Dean, Maddie Olson and Pali Smith have each scored one goal on the season. Lauren Paulsen's three assists lead the team and are tied for ninth in the league, while Esposito has two assists and three other Bobcats each have one helper on the season. Esposito's six points lead the team, while Todd has totaled five and Giarusso has four. Olson, Paulsen and Smith each have three points on the season, while Daniel and Dean each have two. Alexis Feely has played the majority of the minutes in net for LMC, owning a 2.44 goals against average (GAA), a .807 save percentage and 117 total saves. Her GAA is ninth in the league, while her save percentage is fourth and her save total leads the conference and is second in the nation.
Last Time Out - LMC dropped their last match at Belmont Abbey 3-0 last Saturday (Oct. 13). The teams would play the majority of the first half with no scoring, but Belmont Abbey would break the ice with the first goal in the 33rd minute. From the near wing, Kathryn Laughlin would cross into the box to Cassidy Calhoun, who would fire it through a crowd to the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. The Crusaders would take their 1-0 lead to the half. Belmont Abbey scored again in the 74th minute as McKenzie Lewis found the back of the net to make it 2-0. The Crusaders would ice the match in the 86th minute when Morgan Farrar scored from Laughlin to make it 3-0. The Bobcats totaled two shots in the loss, with one each coming from Paulsen and Cassie McFayden. Feely made eight saves in the loss.
About the Opponent - Barton comes into the matchup off a 2-1 overtime against Chowan on Thursday (Oct. 18). Barton sits in ninth place with seven points in Conference Carolinas. The Bulldogs are tied for sixth in the league in goals (24), sixth in assists (16) and also sixth in points (64). Syaani Harris and Laisy Scardazzi share the team lead in goals with five, while Brenna Keegan is second on the team with four. Rebekah Beal and Kaela Groseclose each have scored twice on the season, while another six Bulldogs have each netted goals on the year. Alexis Ayers and Beal share the team lead in assists with three each, while Jordyn Brown and Harris each have two helpers on the season. Six other Bulldogs have one assist each on the season. Harris's 12 points also lead the team, while Scardazzi is the only other player with double-digit points (10). 12 other Bulldogs have recorded points on the year. Megan Bolick is the main goalkeeper for Barton, registering a 0.93 GAA, a .818 save percentage and 36 total saves. Both her GAA and save percentage are ranked third in the conference, while her save total is tied for 10th.
Series History vs. Opponent - This will be the 26th all-time meeting between LMC and Barton, with LMC leading the series 12-9 and four ties also included. The teams played to a 2-2 2OT draw in Banner Elk in last year's meeting.
Up Next - The Bobcats are back home at Tate Field on Tuesday (Oct. 23) when they host King (Tenn.) in Conference Carolinas play. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.