Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – After finishing second in the Conference Carolinas standings during the regular season, the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team will open postseason play Tuesday night when it hosts No. 7 seed Erskine College in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Bobcats closed out their regular season with a 6-1 win on the road at Emmanuel (GA) College Saturday evening. The win wraps up LMC's record in the regular season at 10-4-3 overall and 7-3 in conference tilts.
Another Bobcat Blowout: With its win Saturday, Lees-McRae has posted a 3-0 mark in its last three matches and it has done so in convincing fashion. In those three contests, the Bobcats are outscoring their opponents by a combined margin of 21-1.
About the Tournament Field: The eight-team tournament will consist of four quarterfinal matchups that will all be played on Tuesday. The other three first-round matches are: No. 5 Southern Wesleyan at No. 4 Chowan, No. 8 North Greenville at No. 1 Limestone and No. 6 Mount Olive at No. 3 Belmont Abbey. The four winners of these contests will advance to the semifinals, which will be held at the highest remaining seed's home field on Friday. The winner of those two games will advance to Sunday's championship game with an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Tournament on the line. That match will be played at the same site as the semifinals.
Lees-McRae Tournament History: Lees-McRae has won six conference tournament championships in its program history with the last coming in 2010. Even though they have not won the tournament lately, the Bobcats have advanced to at least the semifinal round in each of their past three appearances in the event. Only Limestone among current league members have accomplished that feat.
About Erskine: The Flying Fleet come into tournament play with an overall record of 5-10-2 and 3-5-2 in Conference Carolinas play. Erskine nearly defeated league-leading Limestone in its last game falling by a slim 3-2 score.
Series History vs. Opponent: Lees-McRae has won three straight over Erskine, including a 7-0 decision in Banner Elk earlier this month. Overall, the Bobcats are 19-10-2 against the Flying Fleet since the first meeting in 1992.