Photos Courtesy of Gerry Wall
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team was picked to finish tied for second place in the Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Coaches' Poll the league office announced Tuesday. The trio of Pol Vassart, Harvey McMorrow and Johannes Oeksnevad were picked as players to watch for the Bobcats this fall.
Vassart enters his senior season as one of the top returning scorers in not only the conference but also the region. In 2017, Vassart scored a total of 28 points with 12 goals and four assists on his way to earning All-Conference Carolinas First Team and All-NCCSIA First Team honors.
Much like Vassart, McMorrow returns to the pitch this fall with a number of accolades on his resume. McMorrow was a member of the All-Conference Carolinas First Team, All-NCCSIA First Team and the D2CCA All-Southeast Region First Team in 2017.
Oeksnevad had a stellar start to his career as a Bobcat last fall as he captured the league's Freshman of the Year award. Oeksnevad, who was also named to the All-Conference Carolinas Second Team, finished last season ranking third on the team with seven goals scored to go along with a pair of assists for a total of 16 points as a freshman.
The poll itself was headlined by defending league regular season and tournament champion, Limestone. The Saints collected nine of the 11 first-place and enter the 2018 campaign ranked No. 14 in the United Soccer Coaches' Poll.
Lees-McRae and Chowan were picked to tie for second place within the conference standings with 83 points each. Chowan, which picked up on first-place vote, made a strong first impression playing in the conference in 2017 finishing with an 11-5-2 record overall and a 5-3-2 mark in league action.
The trio of Belmont Abbey, Mount Olive and Southern Wesleyan were the next three teams in the poll collecting 80, 60 and 57 points, respectively. Closing out the preseason poll were Emmanuel (40 points), Erskine (30 points), Barton (29 points), North Greenville (26 points) and King (19 points).
The Bobcats are scheduled to get their exhibition schedule underway this Saturday when they host Wingate at Tate Field. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. LMC will open its regular season two weeks from Thursday when it travels to take on regional foe, Anderson University.