|October 04, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
Florida Gulf Coast
|FGCU||25:43||PENAGOS, Henry (WILKS, Skylar , ROBLEDO, David)|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (4)||9 (4)|
|October 06, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||82:55||MCMAHON, Kevin (TARBOX, Zach )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||STET|
|Shots (on Goal)||19 (4)||8 (1)|
On the road for the third time in one week, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team will open Atlantic Sun play in Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday against Florida Gulf Coast University at 6 p.m before battling Stetson on Sunday at noon..
FGCU is the three-time defending A-Sun regular season champion. The Eagles ended the Bisons season in 2012 with a 2-1 defeat in a double-overtime thriller.
The Purple and Gold are 2-5 against the Eagles in the series history, including a 3-1 victory at home on Oct. 6, 2012.
The loss was FGCU’s only conference loss in 2012 and stopped a seven-game win streak versus A-Sun foes.
Lipscomb (4-4-1) is coming off a 1-0 victory at Missouri State on Sunday where Reece Holcombe scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute to give the Bisons its first win since a 1-0 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Sept. 15.
The goal was Holcombe’s first of the year.
Lipscomb ranks second in the conference in goals scored with 11 and third in team saves with 32.
Midfielder Omar Djabi is tied with FGCU’s Felipe DeSousa for the league lead in goals with five. That total puts Djabi in a tie for 20th nationally.
Djabi also holds a slim lead in total points scored with 12 (five goals and two assists), over DeSousa (11) for the conference lead.
Micah Bledsoe is second in the A-Sun with 32 saves and a goals against average of 1.30. The freshman goalie has recorded all decisions for the Bisons on the year and has one shutout to his credit.
FGCU (2-5-1), winless through its first six games, earned victories in its last two matches against Pennsylvania and Princeton.
The Green and Blue have won the Atlantic Sun three consecutive years with a combined conference record of 22-2-1. No team in conference history has won four straight.
FGCU’s last conference loss came at the feet of Lipscomb, 3-1 in 2012.
The 2013 season has been a struggle to this point, but FGCU still ranks among the top of the Atlantic Sun in most categories.
FGCU is first in shots (119), points (36), goals (14) and goals per game (1.75), while ranking second in total assists (8).
With all of the success in the offensive categories, the defense tells another story, ranking last in the conference in goals allowed with 21.
Five of the Eagles eight games have gone to overtime, with two going to double overtime.
DeSousa leads the team with five goals. Santiago Echeverri is second with three.
Danny George (2-3-1) and Nathan Ingham (0-2-0) have split time in goal, starting four games each.
George has allowed 10 goals and 17 saves, while Echeverri has given up 11 goals and stopped 14.
The Bisons will stay in the state of Florida and play the last of the four-game road stretch on Sunday Oct. 6, when they face Stetson in a 12 p.m. matchup. The Hatters open Atlantic Sun play on Friday with Northern Kentucky.
Lipscomb is 1-7-2 against Stetson in the series history, including a 1-1 tie in double overtime in 2012.
The Hatters are 1-5-2 and open the season at home against Northern Kentucky on Friday.
After opening the season with a 1-0 overtime win over UMASS Lowell, Stetson is winless in its last seven, going 0-5-2.
Chase Rodgers leads the Hatters with two goals and four points. Raffaele Centofanti and Steven Saballos are tied for the team lead with two assists.
Goalkeeper, Andreas Schnabl has started all eight games, collecting 32 saves and allowed 17 goals. Schnabl has one shutout to his credit.
The Hatters have been outscored 17-7 and outshot 125-95.
Stetson has compiled a 1-1-1 home record.
The Bisons will begin a three-game home stretch with Jacksonville on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Lipscomb will play five of its last seven games at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.