Photo courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team returns home to Tate Field this week for two Conference Carolinas matches, hosting King (Tenn.) on Tuesday (Oct. 23) at 7:30 p.m. and Emmanuel (Ga.) for Senior Night on Thursday (Oct. 26) at 6:30 p.m. Video and live stats will be available for both matches at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 7-5-2 and 3-3-2 in Conference Carolinas, currently sixth in the conference with 11 points. The Bobcats lead the conference in goals (37), assists (41) and points (115) coming into the week. Pol Vassart leads the team and the conference in goals with 14, while Agustin Ortiz is second on the team and tied for seventh in the league with six goals. Johannes Oeksnevad has scored five times on the season, while Harvey McMorrow has found the back of the net four times. Three other Bobcats have each scored twice, while Niklas Perslow and Mikael Saekingstad have each scored once. Vassart's nine assists also lead the team and are tied for the conference lead, while McMorrow is second on the team and third in the league with seven assists. Connor Hahn and Ortiz each have five assists and are tied for fifth in the conference, while Philip Oldin is tied for ninth in the league with four assists. Anders Stoakes has helped on three goals this season, while Fredrik Haave has notched two assists and six other Bobcats have each recorded one. Vassart also leads the team and the conference in points with 37, while Ortiz is second on the team and sixth in the league with 17. McMorrow's 15 points are third on the team and ninth in the league, while Oeksnevad is the only other Bobcat with double-digit points on the season (11). 12 others have registered points this season for LMC. Anton Sundstrom is a mainstay in net for the Bobcats, posting a 2.06 goals against average (GAA), a .658 save percentage and 48 saves. His GAA is ninth in the league, while his save total is eighth.
Last Time Out - The Bobcats battled for a key 4-2 win at Barton back on Saturday (Oct. 20). The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Pol Monells took advantage of a loose ball in the box. After gaining control, Monells turned and fired and found the back of the net for his seventh of the season to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Barton appeared to be headed to the half with a lead, before Stoakes would set up McMorrow for his third of the year in the 45th minute to tie the match at one. Stoakes headed a ball across the box to an open McMorrow who stashed it home. After going to the half tied, the Bobcats wasted little time in the second half and would gain the lead for good with two quick goals. In the 52nd minute, the Bobcats would score twice in an 18-second span to distance themselves from the Bulldogs. Oeksnevad scored his fifth of the season from Saekingstad when Saekingstad crossed the ball into the box and found Oeksnevad who netted the go-ahead goal. Just 18 seconds later, Vassart won a one-on-one for a loose ball in the Barton end before beating keeper Francisco Noguera for his 14th of the season. In the 57th minute, Barton would get back within one when Tolly Beatson scored his sixth of the season off a free kick to make it 3-2. The Bobcats would extend their lead further when McMorrow took control of a breakaway pass from Ortiz and streaked down the left side past the Barton defense. He beat Noguera to his right for his second of the match to make it 4-2 in the 64th minute. The Bobcats would fend off any Bulldogs offensive chances for the remainder of the match and secure the Conference Carolinas road win. LMC out-shot Barton 18-15 in the contest including 10-7 in shots on goal. McMorrow totaled a team-high five shots with three of them on target, while Ortiz fired four shots with two on frame. Vassart and Oeksnevad each totaled three shots with two on net in the win, while three other Bobcats registered shots in the match. LMC also edged Barton in corner kicks 6-4. Sundstrom made five saves in the win.
Vassart has played in 69 matches in his LMC career, making 67 starts. He has scored 37 goals, and recorded 16 assists for 90 career points. He is on the LMC career list for points, goals and match-winning goals. The Tournon sur-Rhone, France native is the son of Valerie and Yan Vassart and will graduate with a bachelor of arts in business administration with concentrations in finance and accounting.
Woods has played in 40 matches in his LMC career, making 22 starts. As a defender, he has recorded one career assist for one career point. He has also totaled 10 shots in his career, putting four on net. The Gastonia, N.C. native is the son of Kelvin Woods and will graduate with a bachelor of arts in business administration with concentrations in accounting, finance and marketing.
About the Opponents - King enters the week at 4-8-1 overall and 3-5-0 in Conference Carolinas. King is currently eighth in the Conference Carolinas standings with nine points, and hoping to hang on to the final spot to qualify for the postseason. The Tornado comes into the matchup sixth in the league in goals (18), tied for 10th in assists (eight) and seventh in points (44). Carlos Saavedra and Ben Delisle share the team lead in goals with five each, while Sam Corredor Rincon has scored twice and six others have netted one goal each. Jairo Ruiz Caram leads the team in assists with three, while Saavedra and Jalen Willis each have two helpers on the season and Daniel Dube also has one. Saavedra (12) and Delisle (10) are the only players with double-digit points, while nine others have registered points on the season. Dalton Gammon is the main goalkeeper for King, registering a 1.57 GAA, a .767 save percentage and 69 saves. His GAA is sixth in the league, while his save percentage is fourth and his save total is fifth.
Emmanuel enters the week at 7-6-1 overall and 4-3-1 in Conference Carolinas. Emmanuel takes on Erskine on the road before coming to Banner Elk. Emmanuel is seventh in the conference in goals (17), sixth in assists (16) and sixth in points (46). Danny McKerchar Cameron leads the Lions and is third in the league in goals with nine, while Channing Park has scored three goals on the season. Will Fraser-Gray has scored twice, and three other Lions have each scored once. Park leads the team with three assists, while Cameron and Luke Jones each have two assists and another five players each have one helper on the season. Cameron's team-high 20 points are tied for third in the conference, while Park's nine points are second on the team. Fraser-Gray has four points on the season, while Jeremy Gwaltney and Blair Springhall each have three. Nico Becker and Jones have each totaled two points, while three others have recorded one point each on the season. Andy Dunnett is the main goalkeeper for Emmanuel, registering a 1.14 GAA, a .823 save percentage and 65 total saves. His GAA is fourth in the league, while his save percentage leads the conference and his save total is sixth.
Series History vs. Opponents - This will be the 24th all-time meeting between LMC and King, with LMC holding a 12-11 series lead and also including one tie. LMC captured a 3-2 win in last year's meeting.
This will be the fifth all-time meeting between LMC and Emmanuel, with the series being tied 2-2. LMC won last year's matchup 6-1.