BANNER ELK, N.C. – Top seeded Lees-McRae advanced in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Tournament with a 3-0 win over the No. 8 King Lady Tornado, Monday afternoon. Sarah Mahar pulled a hat trick against King in the match. Morgan Lawson tied her career high in saves with 12.
The Bobcats wasted no time getting their first score on the board when at 1:21 Sarah Mahar put in her first of three goals. Stemming from a corner kick, the ball fell into an open area right to Mahar where she chipped it in over King goalkeeper Morgan Lawson for the 1-0 lead. The goal went unassisted.
King's defense kept Lees-McRae at bay despite allowing 11 shot attempts, leading to a pair of saves for the freshman keeper. The Bobcats came out of the half intent to continue testing Lawson and with 28 shot attempts in the second half, they did and with two successful strikes.
In the 58th minute, Mahar was on the receiving end of a cross pass into King territory where she scored her second goal of the afternoon. Ally Titsworth brought the ball up the pitch where teammate Marybeth Sullivan crossed it into Mahar who finished it off to put LMC up 2-0 with 31:36 to play.
Mahar added to the lead once again late in the contest with her ninth goal of the season, benefitting from a rebound opportunity. Rachael Nobbs took the initial shot that bounced back to Mahar who cleaned up the rebound, giving the Bobcats their third tally of the day.
Lees-McRae rode out the three-goal lead to the final horn for the win, advancing them to the semifinal round of the 2012 Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Tournament. They will play the Pfeiffer Falcons, who defeated Queens (N.C.) 2-1, on Nov. 1. King is now eliminated from the conference tournament.
King was on the losing end of both total shots taken (39-5) and corner kick (11-0) as they failed to score for the fourth straight match. Rachel Thorpe (Ontario, Canada) and Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) each had two shot attempts to lead the team, combining for all three of King's shots on target.
Freshman Morgan Lawson (Goodview, Va.) tied a career high in saves, making 12 on 15 shots on goal against.
The Lady Tornado conclude their season with a final overall record of 4-10-2 after earning the No. 8 seed in this year's conference tournament with a 3-6-2 league record.