Photo Credit to Mason Freitas
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Nikki Torres and senior Sarah Mahar scored a goal each, but the Lees-McRae women's soccer team dropped a 4-2 slugfest with North Greenville in Conference Carolinas action Wednesday evening at Tate Field in Banner Elk, N.C.
The Crusaders (7-6, 3-5 CC) rode the back of goalie Madelynn Schober, who produced 17 saves, including 11 in the first half. The Bobcats (4-9-1, 2-5-1) matched a season-high with 28 shots and have amassed 22 shots or more in three of their last four contests.
Mahar (Jacksonville, Fla.) led all players with 10, including seven on goal.
NGU drew first blood in the seventh minute when Megan Robertson chipped a shot into the back of the net following a long run down the left side from Lindsay Tuten.
Torres (Monroe, N.C.) tied the contest at one when she flicked a header past Schober after a Molly Ames (Greensboro, N.C.) corner kick at the 9:26 mark.
LMC grabbed a 2-1 lead after Mahar corralled an Ashley Ritter (Vero Beach, Fla.) pass at the top of the box and blasted it past the NGU netminder.
This marked only the second contest of the season that LMC or its opponent wasn't shutout.
The Crusaders responded quickly when Brittany Waldrep gathered a rebound following a deflection of a corner kick at the 36:15 mark.
LMC outshot NGU 16-6 in the first 45 minutes.
The Crusaders' Sara Forrester delivered the eventual match-winner in the 55th when she scored off a rebound after an Alexis Feely (Wake Forest, N.C.) save.
Tuten tallied her 14th goal of the season at the 80:58 mark following a Robertson pass from midfield.
Torres and Erica Allen (Norton, Ohio) combined four eight shots, including five on goal.
Feely made four saves on the evening.
The Bobcats travel to Converse for a CC tilt at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 in Spartanburg, S.C.
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