August 29, 2009

Lady Bobcats Drop Season Opener to Crusaders, 1-0

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BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats fell to the North Greenville Crusaders 1-0 in their home and season opening match at Tate Field Saturday afternoon.

In the first half the Lady Bobcats fired off 11 shots, but couldn't find the back of the net before the buzzer sounded. North Greenville only managed five shots in the first half. Of the Lady Bobcats 11 shots, five of them were on frame compared to two shots on goal for the Crusaders.

The Lady Bobcats had their chances early and often in the second half, but it was North Greenville who broke the tie with a goal from Ashlyn Henderson in the 51st minute. Henderson gathered a bouncing ball and put a shot just under the crossbar to score the game's lone goal.

Lees-McRae added 11 more shots in the second half, four of them on goal. North Greenville had nine second half shots, three of them on goal.

North Greenville's Jessica Binkley earned the win and the shutout for the Crusaders with eight saves in the match. Brittany Bolton suffered the loss despite six saves.

Lees-McRae controlled possession with six corners compared to North Greenville's four.

The Lady Bobcats were whistled offsides seven times in the match compared to North Greenville's one.

"I am proud of our second half effort on the attack," head coach Renee Lopez said. "We will be using this game as a stepping stone into conference game and next home game September 12th against Erskine."

Lees-McRae will return to the pitch Tuesday, September 1st as they travel to play Brevard College at 5 p.m.

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2009 Season Stats