BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Brittany Bolton made six saves and Maribeth Novak scored the game winning-goal as the fifth seeded Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats upset the fourth seeded Queens University of Charlotte Royals in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament the Queens University Sports Complex.
With the win, the Lady Bobcats improve to 11-7-1 overall and advance to the semifinal round to face the number one seed Belmont Abbey Thursday at 2 p.m. at The Abbey.
In the first half, Bolton turned away two Queens shots to keep it a 0-0 match heading into the intermission.
In the 60th minute, Tiffany Coleman drew a free kick from a Queens' defender to set up Novak's game winner. Novak took the free kick from 30-yards out and put the shot over the keepers head.
Bolton made three more saves following the goal, all one-on-one, to secure the win. She made a total of five second half saves to earn the shutout.
Queens outshot Lees-McRae 10-9 and held a 7-4 corner kick advantage.
"This was the best I have ever seen (Goalkeeper) Brittany Bolton play in the net," Lopez said. "She had the game of her life and made this win possible. Maribeth made a fantastic finish on that long range set piece, but I credit the entire team for 90-minutes of outstanding work ethic."
"Last spring, these 7 seniors set the goal of being in the Semifinals and have worked every minute to help get the team to that point. This team has now seen what hard work, dedication, and commitment to each other can lead them to achieve. Now we prepare for Belmont Abbey for these Semifinals!"
The Lady Bobcats advance to the semifinals for the first time under head coach Renee Lopez and the first time since joining the Conference Carolinas.