Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team earned its second shutout victory of the season on Tuesday (Oct. 23), blanking King (Tenn.) 1-0 in Conference Carolinas play.
Game Summary - After four total shots in the first 45 minutes, the match went to the break scoreless. The offense would ramp up in the second half, as both teams would create plenty of chances. The Bobcats would get their best chance and cash in on it in the 66th minute, when Pali Smith fired a shot on King keeper Lindsey Dunham. Dunham made the save, deflecting the ball right to Sarah Giarusso, who had open space in the net to shoot at. That space was shut down quickly by a sprawling Dunham, whose second save deflected the ball right to a waiting Hope Sanborn. Sanborn, the reserve goalkeeper playing forward due to injuries, stashed home her first collegiate goal to give the Bobcats the lead for good. The Bobcats spilled out onto the field to celebrate, before getting right back to keeping the ball out of their net for the remaining 24 minutes to preserve the shutout. Both teams would get more offensive chances in the remaining time, but Sanborn's goal served as the winner.
Stats Rundown - King out-shot LMC 13-10 in the contest, including 7-6 in shots on goal. Three different Bobcats recorded two shots each on the day, while another four each registered one. Alexis Feely (3-10-0) made seven saves in her second shutout of the season and the 16th of her career which moves her into a tie for sixth on LMC's all-time list.
Up Next - The Bobcats are back at home on Tate Field on Thursday (Oct. 26) when they host Emmanuel (Ga.) for Senior Day. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.