October 22, 2011

Bobcats tame Cobras, 9-0, clinch outright conference crown

Box score

HARTSVILLE, S.C. --- Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to a resounding 9-0 win over Coker College on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats clinched the Conference Carolinas regular season championship outright with their program-record 11th league victory of the season.

Lees-McRae (12-2-1, 11-0 CC) outshot the Cobras (1-14-1, 1-8-1 CC) by a 26-3 margin, including a 17-0 advantage in the first half, as nine Bobcats found their way onto the score sheet with at least one point.

Thornton and Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) each notched a brace for the Bobcats, as Mary Dorn (Shallotte, N.C.), Ally Titsworth (Holmes Beach, Fla.), LeeAnn Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.), Samantha Arendt (Franklinton, N.C.), and Jessica Cardenas (Bakersfield, Calif.) each scored a goal. Kerrigan notched a team-high three assists, as Thornton added a pair of helpers. Dorn, Rich, Alex Trujic (Venice, Fla.), and Jessica O'Leary (Millbury, Mass.) each posted a helper. Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) and Alicia Pierson (Brooksville, Fla.) each played one half between the pipes, as Pierson made two saves.

Rich opened the scoring late in the 16th minute, finishing the rebound off an initial shot from Thornton to give the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. Thornton doubled the margin to 2-0 in the 24th minute, burying a cross from Rich into the lower corner for her 11th goal of the season. Dorn pushed the lead to 3-0 four minutes later, nodding home a corner from Kerrigan to notch her third goal of the campaign.

Thornton completed her brace early in the 31st minute, taking a pass from O'Leary and beating the keeper for her team-leading 12th goal of the season. Arendt sent the Bobcats into the interval with a 5-0 lead midway through the 44th minute, scoring her first collegiate goal off a cross from Kerrigan.

Titsworth stretched the margin to 6-0 less than a minute into the second half, delivering a masterful one-touch finish off a headed ball from Kerrigan following a Trujic cross. Sullivan pushed the lead to 7-0 with her first career goal in the 77th minute, firing a shot just over the keeper after a cross from Thornton. Cardenas tallied her first goal of the campaign midway through the 80th minute, converting from the spot. Rich notched the final tally of the afternoon four ticks into the 90th minute with a sliding finish off a cross from Dorn.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Tuesday when the Bobcats travel to Gaffney, S.C. to take on Limestone College in their regular season finale in conference play. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

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