Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team jumps back into Conference Carolinas play this week, making up the match with Chowan that was originally scheduled for Sept. 15 on Monday (Oct. 8) and hitting the road to Belmont Abbey on Saturday (Oct. 13). Video and live stats will be available for both matches at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - The Bobcats enter the week sixth in the Conference Carolinas standings with a 6-4-1 overall record and a 2-2-1 mark in league play. The Bobcats lead the league in goals (32), assists (37) and points (101). Pol Vassart's team-high 12 goals lead the conference, while Agustin Ortiz's six goals are fourth in the conference. Johannes Oeksnevad's four goals are third on the team and also eighth in the league, while four other Bobcats each have scored twice on the season and another two players each have one goal on the season. Vassart's eight assists also lead the league, while Harvey McMorrow's seven are tied for second in the conference. Three other Bobcats each have four assists, while two others have tallied two helpers and another six players have each logged one helper on the year. Vassart's 32 points also lead the league, while Ortiz's 16 points are fourth in the league. McMorrow's 11 points are tied for sixth in the league, while 13 others have recorded points on the season. Anton Sundstrom has logged the majority of the minutes in net for LMC, owning a 2.24 goals against average (GAA), a .636 save percentage and 35 total saves. His GAA is 10th in the league and his save total is ninth in the league.
Last Time Out - The Bobcats notched their first shutout of the season on Homecoming Saturday (Oct. 6), blanking Milligan 3-0. The Bobcats struck first in the fifth minute when Fredrik Haave lofted a long ball downfield that was corralled by Vassart. Vassart controlled the pass, beat his defender and rifled a shot that caught the hands of Milligan keeper Andrew Russell before trickling over the goal line for his 11th of the season. The teams would go back and forth until the half and LMC would hold the lead at the break. The Bobcats would pad their lead in the 52nd minute when a failed clear left the ball on the foot of Haave and Milligan keeper Russell way out of his net. Haave sized up the strike and tucked it inside the far post for his second of the season unassisted to make it 2-0. LMC would put the match at its final score when Vassart was taken down in the box. The senior netted his conference-leading 12th of the year to cement the victory. LMC would play stingy defense in the remaining minutes to preserve the shutout. LMC out-shot Milligan 21-5 in the contest including 7-2 in shots on goal. Haave totaled four shots on the day, while Vassart and Ortiz each registered three. Three other Bobcats recorded two shots in the match, while another five each tallied one. LMC also earned five corner kicks to Milligan's two. Sundstrom and Logan Greene combined for the shutout.
About the Opponents - Chowan enters the match at 5-2-1 overall and 3-2-0 in Conference Carolinas. Chowan is fifth in the league in goals (18), second in assists (17) and fifth in points (53). Four Hawks have scored three goals apiece on the season, while another two players have scored two each and two others have each netted one goal on the season. Mitchell Levi Lewis leads the team and is tied for second in the conference with seven assists, while seven others have notched at least one helper on the season. Harry Garstang leads the team in points with nine, while Mitchell and Denis Roule are tied for second on the team with seven points each. Nine other Hawks have at least one point on the season. Elliott Chadderton is the main goaltender for the Hawks, owning a 1.22 GAA, a .667 save percentage and totaling 20 saves. His GAA is third in Conference Carolinas, while his save percentage is 10th in the league.
Belmont Abbey enters the week at 4-4-2 overall and 3-1-2 in Conference Carolinas. The Crusaders will host North Greenville on Tuesday (Oct. 9) before hosting Lees-McRae. Belmont Abbey is 10th in the league in scoring with 10 goals, 11th in the league in assists with four and 10th in the league in points with 24. Mark Trompeter leads the team in goals with two, while eight others have scored goals on the season. Four different Crusaders have helped on goals this season. Trompeter's five points also lead the team, while Hunter Gregory and Nando Morales are second on the team with three points. Six other Crusaders each have two points on the season, while Geinner Duque also has one point on the year. Ben Knust is the main goalkeeper for Belmont Abbey, posting a 1.07 GAA, a .813 save percentage and 39 saves. His GAA is second in the conference, while his save percentage is fourth and his save total is eighth.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the fifth all-time meeting between LMC and Chowan, with the series being tied at two-apiece. Chowan knocked off then-No. 12 Lees-McRae 3-2 last season.
This will be the 36th all-time meeting between LMC and Belmont Abbey, with Belmont Abbey leading the series by a slim 18-17 edge. LMC won last year's matchup 2-1.