Rich and O’Leary lead Lady Bobcats past Mars Hill, 3-1Box score
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Jessica O'Leary (Millbury, Mass.) each recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Mars Hill College on Wednesday night at Tate Field.
Lees-McRae (2-1) controlled the run of play for much of the match, out-shooting the Lions (1-1) by a margin of 24-13, including a 12-4 advantage in the second half. Rich, O'Leary, and Emily Jones (Leonardtown, Md.) each found the back of the net for the Lady Bobcats, as Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) joined Rich and O'Leary with one assist each. Abby Martin (Greer, S.C.) scored the lone goal for the Lions, an unassisted strike early in the first half.
Jones opened the scoring in the closing moments of the eighth minute, delivering a perfect strike into the back of the net off a corner from Kerrigan. Martin put the Lions back on terms early in the 10th minute, taking advantage of a giveaway by the LMC backline and slotting the ball inside the far post to even the score at 1-1.
Rich broke the deadlock midway through the 44th minute, delivering a wonderful finish inside the far post off a perfectly placed lead pass from O'Leary to put the Lady Bobcats up 2-1 heading into the interval. O'Leary added an insurance goal early in the second half, netting her second goal of the season late in the 50th minute off a perfect lay off by Rich to put Lees-McRae up 3-1.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Saturday when the Lady Bobcats host Limestone College to open their Conference Carolinas schedule. The match is slated to kickoff at 4:30 p.m. at Tate Field.
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