Banner Elk, NC-- The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats soccer team opened their Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference schedule with a convincing 7-3 win over the visiting Converse All-Stars on a rain-soaked Tate Field. The win improves the Lady Bobcats record to 2-1 (1-0 CVAC).
Aerial Gregston got things started for the home side in the 19th minute with shot from the top of the 18 yard box that beat All-Stars goalkeeper Kaitlyn Price. Heather Klaus continued the Lady Bobcats attack in the 38th minute connecting on an Ashley Splawn cross for her first of four goals, a career high. Six minutes later Klaus would beat her defender one on one from the corner and bury her second. Klaus completed the natural hat trick dribbling through a pair of All-Stars defenders and rifling a shot past Price from just inside the 18 yard box in the 50th minute to give the Lady Bobcats a commanding 4-0 lead five minutes into the second half. Tiffany Coleman and Klaus then worked a give and go beautifully as Coleman found Klaus inside for her fourth goal of the game in the 57th minute. The All Stars would continue to battle and cut the deficit to three off goals from Sarah Schiff, 76th minute, and Ashley Carry, 82nd minute. Schiff corralled a through ball to her feet and chipped a shot past Lady Bobcat's goalkeeper Anita Hekman. Carry got some help from lady luck as her shot went through Hekman's hands stretched overhead. Maribeth Novak would get one back for the Lady Bobcats in the 83rd minute with a shot from the top of the box that found the back of the net. With the score 6-2 in favor of the home side, Hekman's clearing goal kick deflected off of Lady Bobcats defender Katherine Smith and into the net for an own goal. Jenna Simpson would restore the four goal cushion with two minutes to play beating her defender one-on-one.
The Bobcats will look to continue their winning ways when
they travel to Florida to play in the Sailfish Classic hosted by
Palm Beach Atlantic University next weekend. The Lady Bobcats open
with the hosts on Friday evening at 5:00p.m. and play Warner
Southern on Saturday at 3:30p.m.