LAURINBURG, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team rebounded on Saturday to earn a 4-0 victory over St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Conference Carolinas play, cruising to victory behind a trio of first half goals.
Lees-McRae (11-5-0, 6-2-0 CC) opened scoring early in the eighth minute when Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) tallied her seventh goal of the season. Rich took advantage of a keeper miscue, maneuvering her way into the box for an open net goal to put the Lady Bobcats up 1-0.
The Lady Bobcats continued to pressure St. Andrews (3-12-0, 3-6-0 CC), dominating the attack and dictating the momentum throughout the opening half. In the 36th minute, the Lady Bobcats doubled the advantage to 2-0 when Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) found Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.) for a left post finish from just inside the box.
Katy McGee (Hudson, Fla.) added her third tally of the season early in the 43rd minute to push the LMC advantage to 3-0 at the intermission. In the 54th minute, the Knights broke through for their only shot of the contest when Hannah Wilson (Salisbury, N.C.) maneuvered into position, and fired a shot just left of the frame.
The Lees-McRae attack wasted no time reestablishing momentum, regaining possession and pushing toward the goal. In the 77th minute, MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) extended the lead to 4-0, placing a Mary Gibson (Hendersonville, Tenn.) offering into the net for her eighth goal of the campaign.
The Lady Bobcats tallied a 28-1 advantage in shots en route to their 11th victory of the season, and their sixth in conference play. Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Tuesday, when the Lady Bobcats travel to Due West, S.C. for a 5 p.m. matchup with Erskine College.