The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team is ranked ninth in this week's edition of the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, announced NSCAA officials Tuesday.
Lees-McRae (5-2, 4-0 Conference Carolinas) is in the midst of a tremendous run of form, having won five straight matches and outscored its opponents by a 23-0 margin in that span. The Bobcats currently sit atop the league table with an unblemished 4-0 record against conference opponents, including a decisive 3-0 result against Pfeiffer University on Sunday afternoon. Lees-McRae is also currently ranked ninth in the nation in scoring offense (3.29) and shutout percentage (0.714).
Lenoir-Rhyne University remains atop the region rankings while holding the eighth spot in the national poll, carrying a 5-1-2 record into the week. North Georgia College & State University is second in the region and 11th in the nation with a perfect 7-0 mark, while Columbus State University is ranked third in the region and 23rd in the country with a 6-1-2 record.
Lander University (6-1-1) is fourth in the region, followed by Armstrong Atlantic State University (5-2-0). Flagler College (6-2-0) and University of North Carolina at Pembroke (5-2-1) are tied for sixth, followed by Mount Olive College (4-1-1) in eighth. Lees-McRae and Newberry College (5-2-0) round out the region poll in a tie for ninth.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Tuesday afternoon when the Bobcats travel to Harrogate, Tenn. to take on Lincoln Memorial University in a pivotal region matchup at 4 p.m.
NSCAA/Continental Tires NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Southeast Region Poll
Rk. School Record
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 5-1-2
2. North Georgia 7-0-0
3 .Columbus State 6-1-2
4. Lander 6-1-1
5. Armstrong Atlantic 5-2-0
6. Flagler 6-2-0
6. UNC Pembroke 5-2-1
8. Mount Olive 4-1-1
9. Lees-McRae 5-2-0
9. Newberry 5-2-0
Bobcats play to scoreless draw with Railsplitters
The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team played to a scoreless draw with Lincoln Memorial University on Tuesday afternoon, nearly netting the winner on several occasions.
Lees-McRae (5-2-1) outshot Lincoln Memorial (4-3-1) by a 23-15 margin, including a 21-11 advantage through the first 90 minutes. Freshman Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) paced the Bobcats with seven attempts at goal, while sophomore MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) was credited with five shots. Rookie goalkeeper Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) made seven saves while playing the full 110 minutes, preserving her fifth straight clean sheet with several pivotal stops, as the Bobcats pushing their shutout streak to 540 minutes.
The Bobcats came out firing in the first half, putting three shots on frame within a 30-second span, including an attempt by Sullivan at the beginning of the 27th minute which was pulled off the line. Senior Mary Gibson (Hendersonville, Tenn.) nearly netted the breakthrough in the 36th minute, forcing a save from Lincoln Memorial's Kayla Hanson to preserve the deadlock heading into the interval.
Gibson and fellow senior Mary Dorn (Shallotte, N.C.) forced another pair of saves in the 54th and 56th minutes, as Briggs was called upon to make five stops in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Perhaps the Bobcats' best chance at the breakthrough came in the 88th minute, when Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) was denied by the woodwork and Sullivan's follow-up effort was pulled off the line to send the match into extra time.
Neither side could break the deadlock in extra time, with perhaps the best scoring chance of the additional periods coming in the 109th minute, when Dorn's header sailed just over the bar off a corner from Kerrigan.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Bobcats host Barton College in a Conference Carolinas matchup on Homecoming Weekend. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. on Tate Field.
Men's Soccer: Bobcats listed in NCAA statistics
The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team is ranked in nine individual and team categories in this week's edition of the NCAA Division II men's soccer statistics, announced NCAA officials Tuesday.
Lees-McRae (4-2-1, 2-1 Conference Carolinas) enters the week ranked 34th in the nation in shutout percentage (0.43), and 57th in both team goals against average (1.08) and winning percentage (0.643). The Bobcats are also ranked 84th in save percentage (0.75) and 98th in total goals (10.0).
Sophomore Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, England) is ranked 60th in goals against average (1.08) and 94th in save percentage (0.742), while senior forward David Palmer (South Shields, England) is listed 54th in total assists (3.0) and 75th in assists per match (0.43).
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Anderson, S.C. to take on Anderson University in a pivotal region matchup at 4:30 p.m.