Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team will look to improve its positioning for the upcoming Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Tournament with a pair of league matches on tap for this week. LMC will begin the week hosting North Greenville at Tate Field Tuesday before traveling to Emmanuel (GA) for the regular season finale on Saturday. Kickoff Tuesday is set for 7:30 p.m., and Saturday's tilt is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start time.
Last Time Out: The Bobcats were rolling on all cylinders Saturday as they blew out Erskine by a score of 7-0. The seven goals are the most for the team in a single match since November 3, 2009 when the Bobcats blanked St. Andrews, 8-0. The victory improved LMC's record to 8-4-3 overall and 5-3 in league matches this season.
Deeley named Player of the Week: For the second time this season, Tom Deeley was named the Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Player of the Week the league office announced Monday. Deeley, who was also named the league's player of the week on September 11, joins teammate Harvey McMorrow as Bobcats who have earned this honor this season.
Pol piling up the points: Junior forward Pol Vassart continues to rack up the points as of late. Vassart scored a career-high three goals in Saturday's win over Erskine bringing his season goal total to nine. Vassart's nine goals are the third-most in the league this season behind only Mount Olive's Sebastian Loibl's 12 and his teammate Tom Deeley's 11.
Assists are adding up: The Bobcats have been the most unselfish teams in the country this season as it leads all of Division II men's soccer with 44 assists on the season. The 44 assists are 17 more than any other Conference Carolinas school in 2017. Individually, these efforts have been paced by McMorrow and Nathan Watt who both have nine assists on the season. Those nine assists rank fifth nationally among individual players.
About the Opponents: North Greenville comes into Tuesday's game in Banner Elk with a 4-8-1 overall record and a 3-5-1 mark in conference games. The Crusaders, however, are coming off a win their last time out over Barton, 3-1. Individually, Gareth Greene has led NGU with six goals. His six goals account for almost 38 percent of the team's goals this season.
Emmanuel is riding a two-match winning streak entering the last week of the regular season. Overall, the Lions are 6-5-3, including a 4-2-2 mark in conference contests. The Lions have been led this season by their goalkeeper, Andy Dunnett. Dunnett has played every minute of every game for Emmanuel this fall and has notched a pair of shutouts.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: The Bobcats are 11-2 all-time against North Greenville and they have won nine straight over the Crusaders dating back to 1987. Emmanuel, meanwhile, has won two of the three all-time meetings, including a 4-2 win over the Bobcats in Banner Elk last October.