Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The No. 12 Lees-McRae College men's soccer team will look to keep its undefeated record intact this week against Lincoln Memorial and Chowan. The Bobcats will take on LMU Wednesday at Tate Field before traveling to play the Hawks on Saturday. The start times for the two contests are slated for 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Last Time Out – In their last match, the Bobcats edged Mount Olive by a score of 1-0 last Saturday on the road. Harvey McMorrow accounted for the lone goal of the match, which also was his first goal of his collegiate career.
McMorrow named Player of the Week – With his game-winning goal Saturday at Mount Olive and his two-assist performance earlier in the week at King (Tenn.), McMorrow was named the conference's player of the week on Monday. It was the second straight week that a Bobcat received this honor after Tom Deeley earned the same accolade on September 11.
Moving on Up – After checking in at No. 17 in last week's United Soccer Coaches' Poll, the Bobcats have been bumped up to No. 12 in this week's rankings after a pair of victories over King (Tenn.) and Mount Olive. The No. 12 ranking is the highest for the program since 2010 when it began the season ranked No. 2 in the nation.
About the Opponents – Lincoln Memorial will be looking to get back into the win column when it visits Banner Elk on Wednesday. Despite being unbeaten, the Railsplitters have played to a pair of double overtime ties in their two previous matches against Tusculum and Queens (N.C.). LMU does own a pair of victories over Conference Carolinas institutions so far in 2017 as it knocked off Erskine 3-2 in its season opener before shutting out King 3-0 on September 3.
With the exception of its 5-2 loss to Lander in its season-opener, Chowan has played very defensively-oriented this season. In their other five matches the Hawks and their opponents have combined to score only six goals. Using this defensive mindset, Chowan's record sits at 2-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in conference play so far.
Series Histories against Opponents – The Bobcats are looking to avenge a pair of lopsided losses from last season this week. In 2016, Lincoln Memorial defeated LMC 6-1 and Chowan knocked off the Bobcats by a score of 8-2. In the all-time series, LMU holds the advantage over Lees-McRae having a record of 4-3-1. As for Chowan, the Bobcats have won the other two meetings between the two schools with the exception being that matchup last season.