Photo courtesy of Mike Keating
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team returns home to Tate Field this week, hosting King (Tenn.) Tuesday night (Oct. 23) for a 5 p.m. kickoff before taking on Emmanuel (Ga.) for Senior Night and a 5 p.m. kickoff on Thursday (Oct. 25). Video and live stats will be available for both matches at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - LMC comes into the match at 2-12-0 and 2-7-0 in Conference Carolinas. The Bobcats have totaled 11 goals, eight assists and 30 points on the season. Autumn Esposito, Sarah Giarusso, Alexa Todd and Pali Smith all share the team lead in goals with two, while Katie Jo Daniel, Tegan Dean and Maddie Olson 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 2.41 goals against average (GAA), a .810 save percentage and 128 total saves. Her GAA is ninth in the league, while her save percentage is third and her save total leads the conference and is second in the nation.
Last Time Out - The Bobcats dropped their last match in heartbreaking fashion to Barton 2-1 in overtime on Saturday (Oct. 20). Barton opened the scoring in the first 17 seconds, when Rebekah Beal's shot was saved and deflected off of LMC keeper Feely before Jordyn Brown was there to pick up the rebound and score her second of the season. Barton would dominate the offensive possession for most of the first half, before LMC would catch one break in the final minute of the half. Smith found space in the box and scored her second of the season to knot the match at one and take the teams to the break. A scoreless second half that saw Feely stonewall the Bulldogs would send the match to overtime. Barton would net the winner just 23 seconds into the extra session; Barton would score on a similar play to their first goal as Hannah Beard's shot was stopped by Feely before Brown scored again to get the Bulldogs the win. LMC totaled five shots in the contest, with two each coming from Smith and Olson and the remaining chance off the foot of Nicole Shapiro. Feely made 11 saves in the loss.
Feely has appeared in 65 matches with 63 starts in her LMC career. Feely owns a career 1.64 GAA which is 10th on LMC's all-time list, along with 490 saves which is second on the career list. Her .817 career save percentage is ninth on the all-time list, while her 18 career wins are ninth on the all-time list. Her 16 shutouts are also tied for sixth all-time at LMC. She is on the all-time single-season saves list three different times, and is also on the all-time single-season save percentage list. The Raleigh, N.C. native is the daughter of Jim and Peg Feely and will graduate with a bachelor of science in communication arts and design with a concentration in creative marketing.
Torres has appeared in 46 matches for the Green and Gold, making 41 starts. She has one career collegiate goal and two career points. The Monroe, N.C. native is the daughter of Theresa and Michael Feely and will graduate with a bachelor of science in biology with a concentration in biomedical science.
Bish has played in 36 matches in her LMC career, making 27 starts. She has totaled six shots in her career as a defender, including two on goal. The Charlotte, N.C. native is the daughter of Rob and Kathy Bish and will graduate with a bachelor of science in wildlife biology.
Kelly came to Lees-McRae after transferring from Mars Hill University. She is the daughter of Karin Kelly and will graduate with a bachelor of science in wildlife biology.
About the Opponents - King comes into the week at 2-12-0 and 2-7-0 in Conference Carolinas. King has scored eight goals, registered two assists and totaled 18 points so far on the season. Lizzie Boone is the team's leading scorer with three goals, while five others have each scored once on the season. Jaida Souvannaraj and Maggie Olvera have each tallied an assist on the season. Boone is also the team's points leader with six, while Souvannaraj is second on the team with three. Four others have two points each on the season, while Olvera has one point. Hannah Clements has played the majority of the minutes in net for the Tornado, totaling a 4.22 GAA, a .613 save percentage and 65 saves. Her save total is tied for fifth in the conference.
Emmanuel comes into the week a 5-6-1 overall and 4-4-1 in Conference Carolinas. The Lions are currently in sixth in the conference standings with 13 points. The Lions take on Erskine on Tuesday (Oct. 23) prior to coming to Banner Elk. Emmanuel is fourth in the conference in goals with 31, sixth in assists with 17 and fourth in points with 79. Hannah Logue's 12 goals lead the team and are tied for the conference lead, while Lindsay Lee is second on the team and tied for fourth in the league with nine goals. Kayla Brown's seven goals are tied for eighth in Conference Carolinas, while Moriah Logue has scored twice and Sam Hedges has scored once. Lee's six assists lead the team and are tied for third in the league, while Hannah Logue has three assists on the season. Emmye Holbert and Moriah Logue each have two assists on the season, while four other Lions each have one helper on the season. Hannah Logue's team-high 27 points are tied for second in the conference, while Lee's 24 points are fourth in the league. Brown is the only other player with double-digit points on the season (15), while six other Lions have registered points on the season. Hannah Welch is the main goalkeeper for Emmanuel, posting a 1.88 GAA, a .800 save percentage and 92 total saves. Her GAA is eighth in the league, while her save percentage is tied for fourth and her save total is third.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the 17th all-time meeting between LMC and King, with LMC leading the all-time series 12-4. LMC defeated King 3-0 in last year's meeting.
This will be the fifth all-time meeting between LMC and Emmanuel, and the series is tied 2-2. Emmanuel won last year's matchup 2-1.