Banner Elk, NC-- The Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats soccer team hosted Barton College Saturday evening, dropping a 7-2 decision to the Lady Bulldogs in Conference Carolinas action. Barton improves to 2-2-4 (2-0-2 Conference Carolinas) while the Lady Bobcats record now stands at 2-7 (1-3).
Tara Davis would give the visitors the early lead, scoring the first of four goals in the 12th minute. The early lead would last less than four minutes as Maribeth Novak (Homer Glen, IL) knotted the score lofting a ball from the top of the box over Lady Bulldog keeper Ashley Gregory. Recalling that the Lady Bobcats ended their season a year ago, knocking the team out of the playoff contention in the last game of the season, the Lady Bulldogs came roaring back to reclaim the lead when Allie Wilkerson redirected a cross from Jessica Corsey in the 21st minute. Davis would complete her hat trick with back-to-back goals in the 40th and 45th minute to give the visitors a 4-1 edge at halftime.
Davis would once again open the scoring in the second, picking up her fourth of the game after Patricia Acosta sent a ball towards Lady Bobcats keeper Brittany Bolton (Roanoke, VA) creating a foot race with her defender and the keeper. Davis managed to get a foot on the ball, sending it trickling past Bolton for her fourth of the contest. The resilient Lady Bobcats would manage to get one back ten minutes later when Aerial Gregston (Atwater, CA) would fire a bullet past Gregory from outside the box. Unfortunately, Barton would continue to pressure, adding a pair of insurance goals by Wilkerson and Olivia Brown to close out the scoring.
"We have to give them full credit. They avenged a disappointing loss last season and came out ready to play tonight," stated Head Coach Renee Lopez.
Bolton (pictured top left) would finish the game with 12 saves while Gregory picked up five.
The Lady Bobcats will host Queens University Monday night, with
kickoff set for 5:00pm.