LMC Sports Roundup.... (2018-09-09 16:38:28)

Bobcats Drop Conference Opener at Southern Wesleyan Saturday Night

CENTRAL, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team fell in its Conference Carolinas opener at Southern Wesleyan by a score of 3-2 Saturday night (Sept. 8).

Game summary - The two teams were scoreless into the 24th minute, before Zackery White got the Warriors the 1-0 lead. The two teams would battle it out into the 31st minute before Mikael Saekingstad would score his first of the season to tie the game at one-all. The teams looked to be taking their 1-1 deadlock to the half, before Pol Vassart made a late run at a ball played down the far wing. The ball was at the left edge of the box, when Vassart was taken down by Southern Wesleyan keeper Miguel Uribe. Vassart was awarded a penalty kick in the final minute of the half, and stashed it home for his third goal of the year to give LMC the 2-1 lead that they would take to the half. SWU would score two goals in 2:28 in the second half to take a 3-2 lead part way through the second half. Zack Hargreaves scored at 54:25 to knot the game at two, before White would score his second of the game at 56:53 to give the Warriors the lead. White's second of the game would serve as the game-winner. The Bobcats had several good chances in the second half, but were unable to capitalize.

Stats rundown - LMC out-shot SWU 17-10, including 8-6 in shots on net. Agustin Ortiz led the Bobcats with four shots, putting two of them on net. Vassart and Harvey McMorrow each registered three total shots, while Fredrik Haave, Anders Stoakes and Francisco Silvestre each recorded two shots in the loss. Saekingstad's one shot found the back of the net. Each team registered three corner kicks in the match. Anton Sundstrom (1-3-0) made three saves in the loss.

Up next - The Bobcats return to the pitch on Tuesday (Sept. 11) when they travel to North Greenville for a Conference Carolinas match with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.

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Women's Soccer's Furious Rally Forces 2OT, Bobcats Fall in Extra Time

CENTRAL, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team fought back to force double-overtime, but ultimately fell in extra time in their Conference Carolinas opener at Southern Wesleyan 4-3 on Saturday (Sept. 8).

Game summary - Southern Wesleyan got on the board early with a goal in the sixth minute, with Rachel Curtis scoring her second of the year on a breakaway to put the home team ahead. Curtis would set up Ashley Romanowski in the 23rd minute to put the Warriors up 2-0, and SWU would take the 2-0 lead to the half. Joy Namyst would score her second of the season in the 71st minute to pad SWU's lead to 3-0. The Bobcats would push back just minutes later, with Autumn Esposito scoring her first of the season in the 74th minute off a cross into the box by Lauren Paulsen. Down 3-1, the Bobcats would continue to press. It would pay off shortly after in the 77th minute, when Katie Jo Daniel found the back of the net to make it 3-2 off an assist from Esposito. As the match ticked down into its final 13 minutes, it was Esposito again through a crowd off another Paulsen assist to tie the match at three in the 87th minute and send the LMC bench into a frenzy. The two teams played a scoreless first overtime period, and went on to a second 10-minute frame. After a turnover in the midfield in the 102nd minute, SWU was able to push the pace and gain possession, setting up in the box. The ball found the foot of Romanowski, before Feely came out to challenge the shooter. Feely made one point-blank save and then another, before Romanowski was able to poke the third attempt past Feely for the 2OT winner.

Stats rundown - The Bobcats out-shot Southern Wesleyan 30-18 in the contest, registering 30 total shots for the first time since Oct. 31, 2014 when they logged 33 shots in a 4-0 win over Emmanuel (Ga.). LMC put 11 of those shots on net compared to nine for SWU. Daniel and Tegan Dean each took six shots in the match, while Esposito and Alexa Todd each registered four. Three other Bobcats recorded two shots each, while another four tallied one shot apiece. Lees-McRae also totaled 15 corner kicks compared to three for SWU. Feely (0-4-0) made five saves between the pipes in the contest.

Up next - The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 11) when they take on North Greenville on the road for a 5 p.m. kickoff.

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Bobcats battle but fall twice in four sets to wrap up the weekend

ATHENS, W.V. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team battled in its two matches Saturday against West Virginia Tech and Kentucky State, but the Bobcats ended up falling in both contests in four sets. With the results Saturday, the Bobcats are now 3-9 on the season.

West Virginia Tech Recap – In Lees-McRae's first match of the day against the Golden Bears of West Virginia Tech, there was not a ton of difference between the two squads statistically. LMC and WV Tech had similar hitting percentages (.267 to .275), to along with identical numbers in aces (7) and blocks (7). However, the difference in the match came in the number of attacks that the Golden Bears attempted. WV Tech totaled 160 attacks over the course of the four sets compared to 131 for the Bobcats. The added number of attacks allowed the Golden Bears to rack up 17 more kills than LMC on their way to the four-set win (25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22).

Individually, the Bobcats were led by sophomore outside hitter Caitlyn Smirne. Smirne accounted for one third of LMC's points in the match (22 of 66). The Winterville, N.C. native finished with a season-high 18 kills, career-high three aces, 10 digs and a solo block. Setting up Smirne was Megan Gallion, who finished the contest with a career-high 44 assists in the matchup.

Kentucky State Recap – Kentucky State used a combination of balanced offense and solid defense to hand the Bobcats their second four-set defeat (25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18) of the day. KSU had five different players total nine or more kills in the victory and saw three of those players finish the match in double figures in that category. Defensively, the Thoroughbreds totaled 10 more digs than Lees-McRae and out-blocked the Bobcats 11 to four.

The Bobcats also had three players finish the match with double-figure kill totals. Hanna Steckler led the way with 11 kills. McKenzie Sprabary and Smirne were not far behind chipping in 10 kills each. Gallion, meanwhile, finished with her second 40-plus assist performance of the day totaling 41 assists and 10 digs to wrap up her weekend.

Next Up – Lees-McRae will be back in action Tuesday night when it travels to UVa-Wise for a non-conference matchup. First serve between the Bobcats and Cavaliers is set for 6 p.m.

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