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LMC Sports Roundup.... (2018-09-30 13:59:34)

Men's Soccer Upends Mount Olive for Key Conference Win

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team earned a big Conference Carolinas win on Saturday (Sept. 29) at home, defeating Mount Olive 3-2.

Game Summary - The Trojans would score the game's first goal in the ninth minute when Trevor Berk netted his first of the season on a penalty kick. LMC would tie the game at one in the 22nd minute when Anders Stoakes made a rush toward the box in the middle of the field, before dropping a pass to Connor Hahn to create space. Hahn would leave the ball for Agustin Ortiz who blasted his fourth of the season into the back of the net to tie the game. Just over four minutes later, Philip Oldin would find Harvey McMorrow in space who in turn found Pol Vassart who scored his eighth of the season to put the Bobcats ahead 2-1. The home team would take its 2-1 lead to the half. The Bobcats would distance themselves from the Trojans in the 51st minute when Harvey McMorrow would send a corner kick into the box. It bounced through a few bodies before getting to Vassart, who kept the play alive with a header effort to center the ball. The pass found the foot of Niklas Perslow, who scored his first of the season to make it 3-1. Mount Olive would get back within one a little over five minutes later, when Santiago Zapata crossed a ball into the box from the far edge. Pedro Franca one-timed the ball into the net for his first of the season to ultimately put the match at its final score. The Bobcats would defend their own end to hang on for the win.

Stats Rundown - The Bobcats out-shot Mount Olive 14-9 including 9-6 on goal. Vassart and Ortiz each fired a team-high three shots on the day, with two of theirs each finding frame. Oldin and Johannes Oeksnevadeach recorded two shots in the win, while four other Bobcats each tallied shots in the contest. Anton Sundstrom (4-4-1) made four saves in the win. LMC also totaled four corner kicks to Mount Olive's two.

Up Next - The Bobcats continue their homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 3) when they host Newberry in non-conference action. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Tate Field.

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Bobcats Fall to Mount Olive at Home in Heartbreaking Fashion

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team suffered a gut-wrenching overtime loss to visiting Mount Olive 4-3 in overtime on Saturday (Sept. 29).

Game Summary - Mount Olive struck in the fourth minute for the opening goal when Kaylee Larson set up Jaelyn Brown for her fourth of the season. The Bobcats would knot the game at one-all after a corner kick from Pali Smith was cleared right to Tegan Dean. The sophomore stashed home her first collegiate goal in the 21st minute, beating Mount Olive's keeper low left for the score. The Trojans would re-gain the lead in the 39thminute when a Lees-McRae foul just outside the box set up Elena Esparica on the far edge for a free kick. Esparica was able to bend her free kick just enough to get over LMC keeper Alexis Feely for her first of the season. Mount Olive would take their 2-1 lead to the half. The Bobcats would tie the match yet again when Sarah Giarusso made a run into the box before being taken down and being awarded a penalty kick. The sophomore scored her first career goal on the attempt, drawing the match even in the 61st minute. Giarusso would put the Bobcats ahead with her second of the game in the 71st minute, deflecting a ball past Mount Olive keeper Marlayna Frutiger that was sent in by Lauren Paulsen. As the minutes ticked down, the Trojans mounted one final push. After being awarded a free kick about 40 yards out, Mount Olive pushed their 10 field players into the box, and had Frutiger take the free kick. The Trojan goalkeeper lofted a perfect ball that was deflected off the cross bar and in off of Feely, tying the match in the 89th minute and crediting Frutiger with her first goal of the season. The two teams would head to overtime, and almost completed a full extra session before a hustle play from Jordyn Davis created a 2-on-1 with keeper Feely and a defender. Davis crossed the ball over to Kaylee Mariani who scored her first of the season in the 97th minute to get the Trojans the win.

Stats Rundown - Mount Olive held a slim 14-13 edge in shots, and also a 12-8 advantage in shots on goal. Alexa Todd led the Bobcats with four shots total putting two on goal, while two of Giarusso's three total shots were on frame. Six other Bobcats each recorded one shot in the contest. Feely (0-9-0) made eight saves in the loss. LMC also out-worked Mount Olive in corner kicks eight to three.

Up Next - The Bobcats continue their homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 3) when they host Newberry in non-conference action. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. at Tate Field.

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Bobcats fall in three at Emmanuel Saturday

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team fell in three sets (25-19, 25-14, 25-23) to Emmanuel College Saturday afternoon on the road. The loss moves LMC's record to 3-13 overall and 0-3 in conference action.

Set 1 – Emmanuel started Saturday's contest on a roll scoring six straight points. The Lions would extend their lead to as many as 11 points in the first before the Bobcats would claw back to get the deficit back down to five points. Unfortunately, that's where the comeback stalled as the Lions finished off a 25-19 win in the opening stanza.

Set 2 – After taking the first set, the Lions put together their best offensive frame of the match in the second. Collectively, Emmanuel connected for 17 kills on 40 attacks for an attack percentage of .300. LMC, meanwhile, could not keep up with the hot-hitting Lions as the latter went on to a convincing 25-14 win in the second.

Set 3 – It looked like the Bobcats may pick up their first set victory Saturday in the third. LMC led by as many as eight points and as late as 23-20. Emmanuel, however, went on a 5-0 run to close out Lees-McRae, 25-23.

Stat Standouts – Ellissa Small paced the Bobcats with a double-double Saturday with 10 kills and 12 digs. Allie Cunningham led the team with 15 digs, while Caitlyn Smirne chipped in 13. Sophomore Lauren Arnoldhad one of her better outings of the season hitting .333 on 21 attacks with seven kills.

Next Up – The Bobcats will return home Tuesday to host Belmont Abbey in a Conference Carolinas contest. This match, which is a make-up of a postponement earlier in the year, is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.

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