NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team travels up the ‘Boulevard’ for the first non-conference match-up in the NCAA era with rival Belmont on Thursday at 5 p.m. at E.S. Rose Park.
The Bisons enter as the current holder of the Red Bull Trophy, having struck an 82nd-minute goal from Deven Bahadoorsingh to take a dramatic 2-1 victory last season.
Lipscomb enters with a 2-7-0 record, having fallen 3-0 to UAB last Saturday. The 24th-ranked Blazers limited the Bisons to nine shots while landing three on goal. UAB tallied 16 shots while placing four on goal.
“We played extremely well for large periods of time,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “Our inability to execute at critical times made all the difference in the game.”
Senior Ethan Summers has had a breakout season tallying three goals on five shots and two assists. The active leader in games played in the Atlantic Sun Conference, Summers has played in 68 games making 61 starts.
Sophomore Omar Djabi is second on the team with two goals and an assist, after being named as a top player to watch from Topdrawersoccer.com in the preseason.
The Bruins enter 3-5-1 having fallen to Northern Kentucky last Saturday, 2-1. Brandon Tarr, Belmont’s owner in all-time goals scored, leads the team with six goals on 18 shots. Remarkably, 14 of those shots have been on goal. Nico Olsak has a goal and four assists to help the Bruins effort. Lou Manning, who patrolled the goal in the 2-1 loss last season to Lipscomb, has 32 saves on the season and a .653 save percentage.
The Bisons have remained unbeaten by the Bruins for the last six years, with the last loss coming in 2005. In that stretch, Lipscomb holds a 5-0-2 record and three straight victories. With the inception of the Red Bull Trophy in 2007, the Bruins have never held possession of the winged soccer ball.
Following the “Battle of the Boulevard” the Bisons open Atlantic Sun play on Thursday, Oct. 4, with a 7 p.m. match at Mercer.