Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team has a pair of matches on tap for this week. LMC will begin the week with a non-conference tilt at Newberry Wednesday before hosting Erskine Saturday at Tate Field. Wednesday's match is slated to begin at 4 p.m., while Saturday's is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start time.
Last Time Out: The Bobcats dropped a 2-1 decision at No. 10 Limestone College last Wednesday in Gaffney, South Carolina. Lees-McRae's record dipped to 7-4-2 overall and 4-3 in league action with the loss.
Pol piling up the goals: After scoring just once in the season's first six games, junior Pol Vassart has found the scoring touch lately. Vassart has scored a goal in five of the last seven contests, including three straight coming into this week's action. Vassart's six goals are the second-most on LMC's team, and tied for the third-most in Conference Carolinas.
Second Half Surge: Lees-McRae has definitely turned up the pressure offensively in second halves this season. LMC has outscored opponents 12-8 in the second half, while outshooting foes 105-75.
Assists in National Rankings: LMC currently ranks sixth nationally with 31 assists on the season, which leads Conference Carolinas. Pacing these efforts has been Harvey McMorrow who leads the league with eight assists and his assist totals ranks fifth nationally.
About the Opponents: Newberry comes into Wednesday's match with Lees-McRae with a record of 3-7-2 overall and 2-5-1 in South Atlantic Conference (SAC) action. The Wolves are 1-2-0 against Conference Carolinas opponents this season with their lone win coming in double overtime against Mount Olive on Oct. 18.
Erskine enters this week's play with a 4-7-2 overall record and a 2-3-2 mark in conference matches. The Flying Fleet currently sits as the No. 7 seed in conference standings with two matches to go in the regular season. Individually, Erskine is led by Mikael Varin who ranks second in the league with 76 saves this fall.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: The Bobcats have fared well historically against both Newberry and Erskine. LMC won both matchups against Newberry with the last being in 2014. As for the series against Erskine, Lees-McRae is 18-10-2 against the Flying Fleet including a pair of victories in the past two conference tournaments.