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10/24/2021 3:37:00 PM
Leading the Way at Lees-McRae
photos courtesy of Lees-McRae College
photos courtesy of Lees-McRae College

Wayne Howard

Taylor Barrineau notched her fourth goal of the season off of a penalty kick in the second half to lift the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to their second tie of the week with a 1-1 draw against Barton in a Conference Carolinas contest Saturday afternoon (Oct. 23rd).

After trailing 1-0 at the half, Lees-McRae evened the score in the 55th minute as Barrineau battled the Bulldog defender into forcing a foul that led to a penalty kick. Barrineau stepped up and buried her fourth goal of the season into the bottom right corner.

Barrineau, who played soccer and was Swimmer of the Year during her high school days at East Lincoln shares the lead in goals scored on the Bobcats team with four. She scored the team's first goal of the season in the opening match against Mars Hill, another at Frances Marion on Oct. 9th, her third against Belmont Abbey on October 12th, and the fourth in Saturday's home win.

For anyone not familiar, Lees-McRae College is a coed school in Banner Elk. They play in Conference Carolinas, a Division II league that includes schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennesse--among them Belmont Abbey, Converse, UNC-Pembroke, and Erskine.

Taylor Barrineau is a sophomore at Lees-McRae. She graduated from East Lincoln High School in 2020.  She led the Mustangs to the 2018 North Carolina State Cup Championship, breaking the school’s single-season record for goals with 33 in 2019 and the school’s career record with 70 goals. The 2020 season got halted because of the coronavirus after only four games or she might have set more records.

If you would like to see Taylor play, it's about an hour and 45 minutes drive to Banner Elk (allow two hours). You can get there via NC181 north from Morganton to Linville, then NC105 north, or take US321 to Boone and then southwest on NC105, finishing up by taking NC184 to Banner Elk.

Upcoming matches include one at King University in Bristol, Tennessee on Wednesday (Oct. 27th) and the Lees-McRae Senior Day at Tate Field in Banner Elk on Saturday (Oct. 30th) at 3 PM.

The Conference Carolinas Championship Tournament begins next Wednesday (Nov. 3rd). Currently fourth in the standings, Lees-McRae will likely have a home match on that date.

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