Photo Courtesy of Mike Keating
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team will return to action this week with a pair of Conference Carolinas matches on its home field. First, the Bobcats will welcome North Greenville to the High Country on Wednesday before facing off against Emmanuel on Saturday as a part of the Homecoming festivities. Wednesday's match is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start time, while Saturday's is set to get underway at 1:45 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae was last in action on Saturday where it took on league rival Mount Olive on the road. UMO defeated the Bobcats in that meeting by a score of 3-1. With the loss, the Bobcats move to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
New faces scoring – Of the five goals the Bobcats have scored this season, four of them have come from players that had no collegiate goals prior to 2019. Freshman Lianna Smith has three of those by herself, while sophomore Corby Bailey netted her first career goal last Saturday at Mount Olive.
Success on Homecoming – Since 2016, the Bobcats have fared well playing on Homecoming weekend. Lees-McRae is 2-1 in those contests, including 2-1 triumph over Converse last season.
About the Opponents – North Greenville comes into Wednesday's game in Banner Elk sporting a 3-2-0 overall record and a 2-1 mark within conference play. NGU, however, has been a different team on the road as it is winless (0-2-0) playing away from home.
Emmanuel, meanwhile, is off to a solid start in 2019 with an overall record of 5-2-0, including a 3-1-0 mark in conference action. Aside from a 2-0 loss to Mount Olive, the Lions have pitched shutouts in their three other league matches. A player to watch for EC is Hanna Logue, who is second in the conference with six goals scored.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Historically speaking, the Bobcats have enjoyed some success against North Greenville. Lees-McRae is 11-5-0 against NGU since the series began back in 1987. As for the series against Emmanuel, the Lions have won three of the five all-time matchups.