October 14, 2009

Lees-McRae Climbs to Number One in NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's soccer team moved up to the number one spot in the NSCAA National Rankings Tuesday after starting the season on a ten-match win streak.

The number one ranking is the highest ranking in school's history.

The Bobcats moved up to number one after going 1-0 the previous week with a 3-0 win over Belmont Abbey. The Bobcats have started the season 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the Conference Carolinas to earn the number one ranking. The team currently ranked number one in the Southeast Region and has held that ranking since September 8th, six consecutive weeks.

"We are happy and very proud of where we are at right now, but this wasn't a goal of ours in October," head coach Chris Whalley said. "We have plenty of soccer left to play this season before we can reach our goals we set at the beginning of the season."

The Bobcats have a tough schedule left in the 2009 season. They have to travel to currently ranked No. 22 Anderson for a conference match and host regionally ranked Tusculum.

"We understand there is extra pressure with being number," Whalley said. "That starts Tuesday night against Queens, but we are the same team and we will continue play our soccer."