September 14, 2010

Jones tied for national lead in assists per match

INDIANAPOLIS --- Freshman midfielder Justin Jones (Jamestown, N.C.) is tied for first in the nation in assists per match, and the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team is listed in nine categories in the first edition of the 2010 NCAA Division II men's soccer statistics, announced NCAA officials Tuesday.

The Bobcats have started the season with two wins in their first three contests, including a 2-1 win over Limestone College to open their Conference Carolinas schedule. Lees-McRae begins the week ranked 56th in the nation in winning percentage (0.667), while being listed 73rd in scoring offense (1.67) and 77th in total goals (5.0).

Jones has dished out three assists thus far this season to rank fourth in the nation in total helpers, while entering the week tied for the national lead in assists per match (1.0). Joining Jones among the nation's top facilitators is junior midfielder David Palmer (Gateshead, U.K.), who enters the week ranked 31st in assists per match (0.67) and 32nd in total helpers (2.0).

Lee Squires (Sheffield, U.K.) is off to a flying start this season, entering the week ranked 65th in points per match (1.67), 71st in goals per contest (0.67), and 73rd in total goals (2.0). Fellow forward Luke Perry (Cheshire, U.K.) is also ranked 71st in goals per match (0.67) and 73rd in total goals (2.0), entering the week tied with Squires for the team-lead in goals.

The Bobcats return to the pitch on Saturday when they host Mount Olive College to resume their conference schedule. The match is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. at Tate Field.

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