|November 09, 2013||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|LIP||13:14||DJABI, Omar (KERRIDGE, Matt )|
|MER||50:37||KING, Ryan (HEAVNER, Joey , O'BRIEN, Brady)|
|MER||102:21||MORALES, Juan Jose (KING, Ryan , HENRY, Ehjayson)|
|Stats at a Glance||MER||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||16 (10)||22 (11)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team went to double overtime with Mercer falling 2-1 on senior night in the final regular season game for the Bisons on Saturday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The Atlantic Sun Conference’s leading scorer, Omar Djabi, got the scoring started when he found the net in the 14th minute. Matt Kerridge pushed a free kick to Djabi for the assist from inside the box. The goal was Djabi’s ninth of the year and Kerridge extended his assist total to five.
Mercer attempted six shots in the first half but an excellent job by Bisons goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe kept the Bears off the board after saving five attempts in the period.
It would not take the Bears long to get on the scoreboard in the second half as Mercer scored in the 51st minute when Ryan King found the ball seven yards out and pushed it in for his first goal of the season. Joey Heavner and Brady O’Brien assisted on the goal.
“We played poor in the first half,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “We responded better in the second period but unfortunately we gave up a goal to tie it up.”
Lipscomb put pressure on Mercer for most of the second period attempting 13 shots.
Among the baker’s dozen were multiple strong looks including a couple that just missed, but the Bisons could never push across the go-ahead goal.
After neither team could take advantage in the first overtime, Mercer found the game winner just three minutes into the second extra period when Juan Jose Morales scored to send the Bears to the A-Sun Championship in Fort Myers, Fla., next week. The Bisons entered the night with a postseason berth secured.
“That overtime goal to end the game was a tough one for us,” Morrow said. “Mercer knew they needed a win to get in the postseason and threw everyone forward in the extra periods.
“We need to do better job of capitalizing on the opposition’s mistakes and finishing the chances we create.”
The loss dropped Lipscomb to 8-8-2 overall and 4-3-1 in conference play. Mercer improved to 5-13-1 and 3-4-1 in the A-Sun.
Bledsoe collected eight saves on the night to give him 71 on the season in 1,672 minutes of play.
Mercer goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh pulled in 10 saves and increased his conference leading total to 93.
The defeat did not affect Lipscomb’s standing in the conference. The Bisons enter the A-Sun Championship with the No. 3 seed overall and will play on Wednesday Nov. 13 versus Jacksonville, whom it defeated 4-1 earlier in the season.
“We are excited about the conference tournament,” Morrow said. “We will enter the postseason with the expectation of winning it all.”