The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats soccer team honored senior captains Katherine Smith and Anita Hekman prior to Wednesday evenings match up against Bluefield College. The seniors were sent out in style with a convincing 5-0 win. The win improves the Lady Bobcats to 5-8-1 (2-5-1 CVAC).
Jenna Simpson put the Lady Bobcats on the board just three minutes into the contest when she beat her defender one on one inside the 18 yard box and buried a shot past Bluefield goalkeeper Rebekah Dunham. Smith (pictured) would score her second collegiate goal in her final home game after attempting to cross the ball from the corner in the 21st minute. A miscommunication between Dunham and a Lady Rams defender allowed the ball to bounce into the back of the net. Just two minutes later, Tiffany Coleman blasted a shot from the top of the box that Dunham was unable to control sending the Lady Bobcats into halftime with a 3-0 lead.
As the second half began, heavy rain began to fall. Aerial Gregston received a pass inside from Gennie Garcia and scored to give Lees-McRae a commanding 4-0 lead as the rain began falling faster and harder. Conditions worsened but both teams managed to play on, despite the slick and muddied field. Maribeth Novak would receive a pass across the top of the box from Simpson in the 78th minute, burying a shot to the far post and past Dunham for the game's final tally. Minutes after the restart, officials called the game with just over ten minutes to play due to poor playing conditions.
Hekman finished her final collegiate home game with 6 saves, bringing her season total to 107. Hekman entered the game ranked 11th and 15th in the nation in total saves and saves per game respectively.
"We were really excited with the victory which will be a building block for an important game in the CVAC standings versus Erskine," commented Head Coach Renee Lopez. "We still need to put 90 minutes together of great soccer and we are hoping to do that on Saturday."
The Lady Bobcats will travel to Erskine College this weekend for a conference game against the Flying Fleet. Kick off is set for 5:00p.m.