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Bobcats women’s soccer unveils 2019 slate

BANNER ELK — The Lees-McRae College women’s soccer program recently released its 2019 schedule. Lees-McRae will play three exhibition games along 15 regular season tilts, with seven of those set to be played at Tate Field.

The Bobcats will open their 2019 campaign with three exhibition contests with two of those on the road. First, Lees-McRae will head down the mountain to Elizabethton, Tenn., to take on Milligan College on Aug. 21 before going to Emory & Henry on Aug. 24. Rounding out the team’s exhibition schedule will be a matchup against Mars Hill at Tate Field on Aug. 28.

The regular season for Lees-McRae will commence on Sept. 5 when the team heads to Hickory to take on Lenoir-Rhyne. Two days later on the seventh, the Bobcats will head to Francis Marion University for another non-conference tilt.

After beginning the season with a pair of road matches, the Bobcats will close out September by playing three of four contests on their home pitch. Leading things off will be Lees-McRae’s conference and home opener on Sept. 14 against Southern Wesleyan. The Bobcats will host Tusculum (Sept. 18) and Erskine (Sept. 21) before closing out the month with a trip to Mount Olive on Sept. 28.

With the calendar turning to October, Lees-McRae will start the month off by hosting North Greenville (Oct. 2) and Emmanuel (Oct. 5). The contest against Emmanuel will be a part of the Homecoming festivities. After that tilt, the Bobcats will embark on a challenging three-match road swing to Lincoln Memorial (Oct. 9), Chowan (Oct. 12) and Limestone (Oct. 16) before finally returning home on Oct. 19 to host Belmont Abbey.

Following that matchup with the Crusaders, the Bobcats will travel to Converse (Oct. 26) and King (Oct. 30) to close out their road schedule for the season. Lees-McRae will wrap up the regular season on Nov. 2 when it hosts Barton at Tate Field. Prior to the game against Barton, the team will honor its senior class for 2019.

The 2019 Conference Carolinas Women’s Soccer Tournament will begin with quarterfinal matches on Nov. 9 on the campus sites of the top four finishers from the regular season. The four winners of the opening round will advance to the semifinals (Nov. 14) and possibly the championship final (Nov. 16). The semifinals and final will be played at the highest remaining seed after the conclusion of the quarterfinals.

LMC Cross Country releases 2019 schedule

BANNER ELK — The Lees-McRae College cross country programs released their schedules for the upcoming 2019 campaign last week. The Bobcats are scheduled to compete in seven races this fall, with all but one occurring in the state of North Carolina.

Lees-McRae will begin its 2019 campaign by sending its teams to run at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational on Sept. 6. Following their season-opener, the Bobcats will travel outside of their home state for the one and only time in the regular season as they head to Spartanburg to compete in the Eye Opener Invitational on Sept. 13. Rounding out the month of September for the Bobcats will be races at Appalachian State (Sept. 21) and Queens University of Charlotte (Sept. 27).

After a two-week break, the Bobcats will travel back to Charlotte on Oct. 11 for the Royals Challenge for their final race of the regular season. Fifteen days later, Lees-McRae will head Mount Olive for the Conference Carolinas Championships on Oct. 26. Rounding out the schedule will be the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Nov. 9 in Wingate.

The Bobcats will look to build upon stellar performances from both teams from the 2018 season in 2019. The men’s team has posted second-place finishes at the conference meet in each of the past three seasons. The women’s team, meanwhile, placed seventh at the league’s championship last fall, which was its best finish since 2011.

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