|Thornton treble paces Bobcats past Crusaders, 5-0|
|Written by LMC Sports Information|
|Sunday, 18 September 2011 00:21|
Freshman Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) recorded her first collegiate hat trick on Saturday to lead the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to a 5-0 win over North Greenville University in Conference Carolinas play at Tate Field.Lees-McRae (3-2, 3-0 CC) posted its third straight clean sheet in conference play, outshooting North Greenville (2-3, 1-1 CC) by a 34-1 margin, including a 16-0 advantage in the first half. Thornton tallied the first treble of her career, swelling her season total to five goals, which is tied for the team lead with sophomore MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) who pushed her goal-scoring streak to three matches with a tally of her own.
Senior Mary Dorn (Shallotte, N.C.) posted her first goal of the season for the Bobcats, while Allyson Titsworth (Holmes Beach, Fla.) added a pair of assists. Senior Jessica O'Leary (Millbury, Mass.) also added an assist, while Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) played the full 90 minutes between the pipes to earn her second clean sheet of the season.
Thornton put the Bobcats on the board late in the 18th minute, taking a perfect lead pass from O'Leary on the flank and delivering a masterful finish past the keeper to give LMC an early 1-0 lead. Dorn doubled the advantage midway through the 33rd minute, lacing a free kick from 40 yards distance past the keeper to push the lead to 2-0.
Thornton notched her second of the day in the 40th minute, accepting a pass from Titsworth at the top of the area and delivering a well-placed finish into the lower left corner of the net to send the Bobcats into the interval with a 3-0 advantage.
The Bobcats maintained the three-goal margin until the early moments of the 69th minute, when Thornton intercepted a pass in North Greenville's defensive third and beat the keeper with a brilliant left-footed finish from the top of the area. Sullivan tallied the final goal of the match at the death of the 80th minute, delivering a perfect finish into the back of the net following a well-placed through ball by Titsworth.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Monday as the Bobcats travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. to take on NCAA Division II Southeast Region foe Carson-Newman College in a 6 p.m. matchup.
Shahdad header lifts Bobcats past Crusaders in extra time thriller
Freshman Preston Shahdad (Charlotte, N.C.) picked as good a time as any to score his first collegiate goal on Saturday night, delivering the match-winner in the 10th minute of extra time to lead the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over North Greenville University in Conference Carolinas play at Tate Field.
Bobcats sweep trio to run win streak to five
The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team continued its winning ways on Saturday, sweeping a trio of matches against Barton College, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Concord University in Williams Gymnasium to run its victorious streak to five contests.
Match One: Lees-McRae 3, Barton 0 - Box Score
The Bobcats opened the day with a solid sweep of Barton, holding the Bulldogs to a .092 clip on the attack while dropping in 11 service aces. Epperson led the way for the Bobcats with 12 kills on 23 swings, posting a .348 hitting percentage while sophomore Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas) notched nine kills and a blistering .412 attacking clip. Mitchell chipped in 38 assists, while Suryadevara added a match-high 16 digs.
Match Two: Lees-McRae 3, UNC Pembroke 0 - Box Score
Lees-McRae pushed its winning streak to four with a three-set sweep of UNC Pembroke in its second match of the day, limiting the Braves to a .029 clip on the attack while posting a .269 hitting percentage of its own.
Match Three: Lees-McRae 3, Concord 0 - Box Score
The Bobcats closed out the day with a three-set sweep of Concord, posting a .323 hitting percentage while holding the Mountain Lions to a .011 attacking clip. Senior Jessica Singewald (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with 12 kills and a .417 hitting percentage, while Epperson and Clendenin each chipped in 11 kills. Suryadevara and Molly Corhn (Hendersonville, N.C.) chipped in 18 and 11 digs, respectively, while Mitchell added match-highs of 22 assists and five service aces.
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