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Originally published: 2013-11-05 09:56:09
Last modified: 2013-11-05 09:56:55

King stuns Lees-McRae women's soccer team

by Staff Reports

BANNER ELK -- The top-seeded Lees-McRae College women's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Monday evening, falling by a 1-0 score to eighth-seeded King University despite out-shooting the Tornado by a 34-3 margin in the match.

Lees-McRae (10-7-1) controlled the run of play for much of the match, dominating possession and outshooting King (6-10-2) by a 34-3 stretch in the contest, including an 18-2 advantage in the second half.

The Bobcats were awarded all seven of the contest's corner kicks, as King capitalizing on its only shot on goal to snap Lees-McRae's 10-match unbeaten streak and end the Bobcats' shutout stretch at 8:37.41.

Paula Doran tallied the lone goal of the match for the Tornado, connecting on her only shot of the night. King goalkeeper Nicole Dagher made 12 saves between the pipes to earn the shutout. Shalisa Barnett added an assist for the Tornado.

Lees-McRae's Sarah Mahar paced the Bobcats with a match-high 11 shots, including four on target. Meagan Thornton added eight shots with four on goal.

Lees-McRae's MaryBeth Sullivan caps one of the top scoring careers in program history, finishing her four-year tenure with the Bobcats with 30 goals, 19 assists, and 79 points. The Greensboro native ends her career ranked 10th in school history in both goals and points, earning all-Conference Carolinas in three straight seasons while garnering a trio of all-region selections.

Perhaps her best career performance came as a freshman in 2011, when she netted her first collegiate hat trick and added two assists in a dominating win over Coker.

LeeAnn Sullivan enjoyed perhaps her best season this fall, leading the Bobcat backline to 10 shutouts while playing every minute at left back. The senior defender has scored two goals and handed out two assists in her career with the Bobcats, earning a spot on the all-Conference Carolinas Third team in 2012 while netting her second collegiate goal at Pfeiffer on Homecoming Weekend.

Kaitlyn Kerrigan concludes an outstanding career, capping her tenure with the Bobcats ranked third in program history with 34 career assists. A native of Fishers, Ind., Kerrigan has posted at least seven assists in each season, including a career-high 11 helpers as part of a 19-point campaign in 2010.

Kerrigan put together perhaps her best overall season in 2012, earning a pair of all-region selections and garnering all-Conference Carolinas First team honors.

Bobcats goalkeeper Alicia Pierson capped her Bobcat career in style last Wednesday night, pitching a shutout against Queens University of Charlotte while making six saves, including a last-second diving stop at the close of the second extra time period.

The Brooksville, Fla. native posted a 0.78 goals against average in her career, posting a 5-0 record in 2012 while allowing just one goal in more than 350 minutes.