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Bisons soccer: A year in review

Wednesday, December 05, 2012
by Ryan Hilgemann

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pushed by several outstanding individual performances and making the semifinal round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team proved 2012 to be another successful season.

The Bisons had a second team All-Conference selection, a member of the All-Freshman team, two A-Sun Academic All-Conference members and a defensive Athlete of the Week while posting a 7-12-1 record overall and 3-4-1 mark in league play.

Sophomore defender Omar Djabi did not suffer from the dreaded “sophomore slump” as he was named to the second team All-Conference after earning All-Freshman Team honors a year ago. Djabi scored three goals and dished out two assists from the defensive line.

It was Djabi’s goal that thrust the Bisons to their first win of the season at Central Arkansas.

Rookie Reece Holcombe became the second-straight Lipscomb player to be named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Holcombe was the only unanimous selection on the team this season while leading the Bisons in points (10) and goals (4) along with tying the for the team lead in assists with two.

Holcombe’s first career goal will go down in history, as it was the game-winner at rival Belmont. The victory secured an unbeaten record against Belmont for the graduating senior class, a feat that had never been accomplished.

Senior Ethan Summers was named A-Sun Academic All-Conference and earned Defensive Player of the Week after scoring his first two career goals, the latter being the game-winner against Oral Roberts. The weekly award was the first in Summers’ career. The veteran finished the year with three goals and two assists while providing leadership as the captain of the squad. Summers posted a 3.63 GPA while majoring in business management. 

Sophomore Robbie Johnson also earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference with a 3.78 GPA in engineering. Johnson, a defender, had an assists in the Bisons victory over Florida Gulf Coast while posting 13 shots including six on frame.

The Bisons made the semifinal round of the A-Sun Championships for the third time in program history, before ultimately falling to the regular season champion FGCU. Earlier in the season, the Bisons handed the Eagles their only loss in A-Sun play, a 3-1 victory on Oct. 6 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

Heading into the 2013 season, the Bisons lose senior leadership from Summers who ended his career as the active leader in the A-Sun with 79 games and Jeremy Reid, a fellow captain, and veteran of 75 games. The Bisons also lose Deven Bahadoorsingh, Josh Robert and Matt Shanklin, all of whom will graduate having set Bisons program standards with three semifinal appearances and twice reaching the 10-win plateau.