|October 21, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Florida Gulf Coast||1||1||2|
|LIP||44:41||LONGINOTTI, Drew (REID, Jeremy , PILE, Isaac)|
|FGCU||67:46||NAVAS, Andres (PORTILLO, Josey , MORSE, William)|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||5 (3)||17 (6)|
FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team got on the board late in the first half, but couldn’t pull out the victory against Florida Gulf Coast, taking a 2-1 loss Friday.
Lipscomb (4-10-2) is back to even at 3-3 in the Atlantic Sun, while FGCU moves to 4-1-0 in the A-Sun, and 7-4-2 overall.
“We did a good job keeping play in front of us,” said head coach Charles Morrow. “The two times they got behind us, they ended up with a goal.”
The first goal of the evening came under a cloud of controversy. In the 18th minute, Lipscomb’s Kevin Barbar was called for a foul in the box, giving the Eagles a penalty kick. Gulf Coast’s Cristian Raudales put away the penalty kick, his season’s fifth goal, to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Lipscomb would net the equalizer late in the first half. Senior Drew Longinotti scored his season’s first goal, taking a cross from sophomore Isaac Pile to the middle of the box and firing to the upper right. Junior Jeremy Reid also got credit for an assist.
For Longinotti, it was his first goal scored since Oct. 16, 2009 against North Florida.
While Lipscomb managed to even the match, the Bisons defense was under constant pressure from the outset. Florida Gulf Coast outshot Lipscomb, 17-5, including a 10-2 advantage in the first half.
In the 67th minute, Florida Gulf Coast netted the game-winner from Andres Navas. William Morse fed a through ball to Navas, who beat senior Brent McGee to his left side.
“Gulf Coast is good on possession,” Morrow said. “I’m sure they feel good about this game because they controlled the tempo.”
McGee made four saves in this one, giving him 57 this season. In his first game in net, Nathan Ingham made one save for the victory.
“We had opportunities,” Morrow said. “It was a close, competitive game. We’re excited to move forward and play Stetson; hopefully we’ll see Florida Gulf Coast again.”
Lipscomb will be back in action, Sunday, in the Bisons final regular-season road match up at Stetson. Kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT).
“Every game is important from here out,” Morrow said. “Every game, we need a championship mentality.”
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