BANNER ELK, NC--After a pair of Conference Carolinas wins last week, the Lees-McRae College Bobcats soccer team has moved up the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's collegiate rankings, improving from seventh to third in NCAA Division II men's soccer. The Bobcats earned wins over defending Conference and Regional Champions Queens University of Charlotte, 1-0, and Coker College, 3-2.
With a 9-1-1 overall record, and sitting atop Conference Carolinas at 5-1, the Bobcats have dominated both offensively and defensively this season. The Bobcats are the highest scoring team in the conference with 39 goals, (3.55 per game) and hold the best goals against average, (0.71), conceding just eight goals in eleven games. Sophomore keeper Sean Paradise (North Point, FL) leads the way in goal for the Bobcats with a .60 goals against average, a save percentage of .846 and five shutouts. All three are tops in Conference Carolinas.
Offensively, the forward duo of freshman Lees Squires (Sheffield, England) and Berin Boracic (Orlando, FL) lead the way as the top two scorers in Conference Carolinas. Squires' ten goals and four game winning goals lead the conference while Boracic' nine goals and six assists rank him first in assists and total points.
"It is a great honor for the College, the players and the coaches to be ranked in the top three in the nation," stated third year Head Coach Chris Whalley. "However, even though I may sound like a broken record, we're more concerned with where we are ranked at the end of November. We still have much work to do to accomplish our goals."
Whalley is now 25-15-6 in his three years at the helm of the Bobcats.
The Bobcats host a pair of home games this week, taking on North Georgia in non-conference action Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:30pm. Saturday, the Bobcats battle Conference Carolinas foe St. Andrews Presbyterian College at 3:30pm as part of Lees-McRae Homecoming festivities.
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Head Coach Chris Whalley