Photo Courtesy of Mike Keating
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team will close out its regular season this week with matches against King University on Wednesday and Barton on Saturday. Wednesday's match, which will be played at Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tenn., is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., while Saturday's contest is slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff from Tate Field.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats picked up their first victory of the 2019 season last Saturday when they knocked off Converse on the road by a score of 1-0 in overtime. The victory pushes LMC's record to 1-11-1 overall and 1-7-1 in conference action.
Points Possibility – With a tie and victory in their last two matches, the Bobcats have set themselves up to possibly surpass last season's point total in conference action. If Lees-McRae can pick up wins against the Tornado and Bulldogs this week, it would surpass the nine points that the team put together last fall.
Salute to Sanborn – One of Lees-McRae's top players this season has been goalkeeper Hope Sanborn. With her 101 saves against 22 goals allowed this fall, Sanborn's career save percentage stands at .804. That save percentage would rank tenth all-time in the history of the women's soccer team at Lees-McRae.
About the Opponents - King enters Wednesday's match against the Bobcats sporting an overall record of 4-9-0 and 1-7-0 in league play. The Tornado have already surpassed their win total from last season with their four victories this fall. Megan O'Ferral has been the top offensive threat for the Tornado with three goals and an assist.
Barton will be looking to preserve its positioning for the upcoming conference tournament when it visits Banner Elk on Saturday. The Bulldogs, which are 9-5-1 overall and 7-3-0 in league play, are a balanced team with six different players having scored seven or more points this season. Leading these efforts has been Syaani Harris with 12 points (5g, 2a).
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Historically, Lees-McRae has fared well against King as it has won 13 of the 17 all-time meetings. LMC has won three straight in the series with King's last win coming in 2015. The series against Barton, meanwhile, has been much tighter. Lees-McRae still holds the edge overall (12-10-4) but the Bulldogs won the meeting last season, 2-1, in overtime.