February 21, 2008

Bobcats Tighten Backline

BANNER ELK, NC--Lees-McRae College Head Men's Soccer Coach Chris Whalley is proud to announce the signing of Steven Nixon to a National Letter of Intent. A native of Sheffield, England, Nixon will join the Bobcats and enroll at Lees-McRae in the fall semester of 2008.

A graduate of Westfield Comprehensive High School, Nixon has also played club soccer, representing South Yorkshire County for three seasons. As a member of Parkgate FC, Nixon won both league and cup championships and also received recognition from Thomas Rotherham College with a football achievement award for his services to the academy.

"Steven will bring both experience and quality to our team, adding depth to our strong defensive unit," commented Whalley. "After thirteen clean sheets a year ago, Nixon will help us continue, and improve, the strong play of our backline for the 2008 campaign."

After a record setting season in 2007 where the Bobcats led the nation in scoring offense (3.33 goals per game), and only allowed 16 (0.65 goals against per game), tops in Conference Carolinas and good enough for ninth best in the country, expectations will be high in 2008. The Bobcats finished with a program record 21 wins, (21-2-1), the second highest win total in the country and finished the season ranked seventh in the country after falling in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championships. The Bobcats also set Conference Carolinas history as the only team to claim both the regular season and tournament championships in the same season.

Steven plans to major in Physical Education upon enrolling at Lees-McRae, and is the son of Margaret Nixon. Steven also has one sibling, brother David.

"On an off the field Steven holds himself well; we are pleased to sign another good student athlete to our program and welcome him to the Bobcat family," concluded Whalley.

The Conference Championship last season was the Bobcats fourth in program history, with the first three, (1998, 2002, 2003), won under the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference moniker. Current Assistant Coaches Nick Young '02 and Calvin Dixon '05 each claimed two titles during their playing days in green and gold.

Lees-McRae College is a private four year liberal arts college located in Banner Elk, NC and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America. Known as the Bobcats, Lees-McRae athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division II.

PICTURED TOP LEFT: Rising Senior Berin Boracic - 2007 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and Second Team All American

PICTURED BOTTOM: New Bobcat Steven Nixon