BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The two-time defending Conference Carolinas regular season champion Lees-McRae College women's soccer team will face a demanding schedule this fall, taking the pitch against four squads that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, announced head coach Nick Whiting Monday.
The Bobcats captured the program's second consecutive conference title last fall, posting a 12-5-2 overall record while finishing the regular season with a 10-1 mark against league opponents. Eight Bobcats earned a spot on the all-Conference Carolinas team, including senior Mary Dorn, who was named the program's first Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Lees-McRae will open the season on Friday, September 6 when the Bobcats make the short trip to Hickory, N.C. to square off against defending South Atlantic Conference champion Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Bobcats will then face Newberry College on Sunday, September 8 on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus before hosting Catawba College in their home opener on Wednesday, September 11.
Following a pair of regional matchups against North Georgia College & State University (Sep. 14) and Wingate University (Sep. 18), the Bobcats open conference play against Belmont Abbey College on Saturday, September 21 on Tate Field.
The Bobcats travel to Greeneville, Tenn. to take on Tusculum College on Wednesday, September 25 before returning home for a league tilt against North Greenville University on Saturday, September 28.
After hitting the road for a conference clash with Pfeiffer University on Thursday, October 3, Lees-McRae returns to Tate Field to celebrate Homecoming with a matchup against Barton College on Saturday, October 5.
The Bobcats will be on the road for the next three matches, taking on Converse College (Oct. 9), King University (Oct. 12), and Mars Hill College (Oct. 14), before resuming their home schedule with a league tilt against Erskine College on Wednesday, October 16. Lees-McRae closes out its conference slate on the road, traveling to Limestone College (Oct. 19) and Mount Olive College (Oct. 26) before capping the regular season against Queens University of Charlotte on Wednesday, October 30.
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