MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- Sophomore MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) scored her 10th goal of the season in the 65th minute to lead the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to a pivotal 1-0 win over Mount Olive College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday evening.
Lees-McRae (10-2-1, 9-0 CC) outshot Mount Olive (8-3-1, 7-2 CC) by a 23-5 margin, including an 11-2 advantage in the first half, as the Bobcats opened a two-game lead at the top of the conference standings with just three matches remaining. The Bobcats, ranked ninth in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tires NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Southeast Region Poll, registered their first victory over a regionally-ranked opponent in Cally Morrill's tenure at the helm, as Mount Olive began the week ranked eighth in the region.
Sullivan tallied the lone goal of the match, reclaiming the team-lead with her 10th strike of the season. Freshman Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) recorded two saves while playing the full 90 minutes as the rookie goalkeeper kept her eighth clean sheet of the campaign.
The match remained scoreless until the closing seconds of the 65th minute, when LeeAnn Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) fed the ball through to her sister MaryBeth on the left flank. MaryBeth Sullivan then made a run along the top of the box across the face of goal, putting herself in perfect position to send a blast into the upper 90 from 12 yards distance to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats would hold the narrow margin for the duration of the match, denying several forward runs by the Trojans en route to their ninth shutout of the season.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Erskine College in a conference matchup at Tate Field. The match is slated to kick off at 5 p.m. following the Bobcats' senior night festivities.
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