October 29, 2005

Lady Bobcats End Season with Win

The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats soccer team ended their 2005 season with a 2-1 win at Tate Field against the visiting St. Andrew's College Knights.

The game was the first in a doubleheader with the men's teams from each school, while seniors Dottie Brown (Houston, TX) and Meghan Bofenkamp (Sioux Falls, SD) were also honored before the game. The win leaves the Lady Bobcats with a 3-12-2 record in Coach Renee Lopez' first year at the helm of the young team. Seven of those losses were by one goal. With the young team earning their stripes this year, next year's squad will have the experience of this '05 season and look to be on the winning side of those one goal games.

Bofenkamp got the Lees-McRae on the board first in the 33rd minute with a bullet shot from just outside the 18 yard box and into the top corner, while Freshman Brittney Sherrill (Winston-Salem, NC) drew an assist on the play. Bofenkamp started in 67 of 72 career games for the green and gold, and was voted as team captain by her teammates in both her junior and senior seasons. She finished her career with 11 goals off of 90 shots while also contributing 17 assists from the centre and outside midfield positions. Freshman Christine Calvert (Dallas, TX) added to the lead with a goal 10 minutes later on an assist from fellow classmate Megan Shaw (Garland, TX). Calvert took the pass from Shaw and beat the Knights keeper between the legs.

St. Andrew's continued to battle and broke redshirt junior goalkeeper Anita Hekman's (Toronto, Ontario) shutout in the 65th minute with an unassisted goal by Brittany Forest.

Along with Bofenkamp, classmate Dottie Brown was honored prior to the game. Brown has also been a significant contributor in her time in green and gold starting 70 of 72 career games as a defender. Brown's quickness and lead by example demeanor usually meant that she would mark the opposition's top scoring threat. She will be sorely missed in the Lady Bobcat backfield as well as in the locker room.

The Lady Bobcats soccer program and the Lees-McRae College Athletic Department would like to wish Dottie and Meghan the best of luck with their future endeavors.