The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats soccer team traveled to Mount Olive to take on the Trojans last weekend in a Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference match up.
The game was the first in a doubleheader with the men's teams from each school. Mount Olive entered the game with an 11-6 overall record and a 7-2 mark in the CVAC while the Lady Bobcats entered the game at 2-10-2 overall and 1-6-1 in conference action.
Gina Dos Santos broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 58th minute and assisted on Lyndsay Brennan's goal 11 minutes later as Mount Olive defeated Lees-McRae 2-0 in Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference women's soccer Saturday at Trojan Field. The win moves the Trojans in a three-way tie for first place in the conference points standings.
Despite the score, the Lady Bobcats played aggressively throughout the game and threatened to take an early lead when Mount Olive turned the ball over in their half on consecutive possessions. Trojan goalkeeper Heather Ulep was up for the challenge covering a loose ball in the box before the Bobcats could get a shot as the two teams went into halftime tied 0-0.
Mount Olive broke the deadlock at the 58:00 mark when Jessica Smoot served to Dos Santos at the top of the box and Dos Santos put home her conference-leading 19th goal of the season to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.
Mount Olive added a second goal at the 69:14 mark when Dos Santos' shot deflected off Lees-McRae goalkeeper Anita Hekman (Toronto, Ontario) allowing Brennan followed up with her 10th goal of the season.
Lees-McRae narrowly missed closing to within one goal on Leslie Myers' (Banner Elk, NC) shot from the top left of the box. Ulep was again up for the challenge, as she fisted the ball over the crossbar and Lees-McRae was unable to score on the subsequent corner kick.
Ulep finished with two saves as she recorded her second collegiate shutout, both in conference play. Hekman finished with three saves for Lees-McRae.
Saturday's contest was a rematch of the championship game of last year's CVAC Tournament, won by Mount Olive 3-1.
The Lady Bobcats will return to action Wednesday October 26 when they host the visiting CVAC foe Belmont Abbey College