|September 01, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||13:20||Kerridge, Matt (Holcombe, Reece )|
|LIP||19:27||Djabi, Omar (Kerridge, Matt )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||EIU|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (4)||11 (3)|
CHARLESTON, Ill. – Two first half goals prove to be enough as the Lipscomb men’s soccer team holds on for a 2-1 decision over Eastern Illinois Monday afternoon at Lakeside Field.
“We are happy, it was a great win,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “Anytime you can go on the road and get wins, like we have done this weekend, it is huge.
“Anytime you can do that and not necessarily play well is even better.”
Redshirt junior Matt Kerridge picked up where he left off on Friday, scoring his second career goal in the 14th minute to put the Bisons on top 1-0.
Following an EIU turnover junior forward Reece Holcombe broke away from the Panther defense down the right side. Holcombe struck a good ball that was denied and reflected back into the box for a wide open Kerridge.
Six minutes later at the 19:27 mark Omar Djabi netted the first goal of his senior campaign.
Djabi found himself open 20 yards out and struck a hard liner past the diving keeper to give Lipscomb a 2-0 lead.
“It was a team effort today,” Djabi said. “Matt (Kerridge) and I got a combination and I was able to get a good strike on the ball to send it into the lower 90.”
Kerridge assisted on the score.
In the 44th minute EIU was awarded a free kick and Davis Wegmann lifted a 25-yard curler over the Lipscomb wall into the right side of the net to cut the Bisons lead in half, 2-1.
Late in the first half the intensity began to pick up and it eventually spilled over in the second period with the two teams combining for 26 fouls, 15-11 in EIU’s favor.
With under 10 minutes to play, the Panthers were able to find multiple scoring opportunities but the Bisons defense held strong.
Freshman goalkeeper Nate Davis preserved the victory for the Purple and Gold when he made a spectacular save in the 86th minute.
With the win Lipscomb stays unbeaten at 2-0. Eastern Illinois dropped to 1-1 with the defeat.
Kerridge and Djabi like the effort the team has shown through two games, but feel there is still improvement to be made.
“Today was an ugly win, but it was a win.” Kerridge said. “We have some good momentum after going on the road to beat a good Xavier team and also getting the win today. I think that will carry over into the rest of the season.”
“We are mentally strong right now,” said Djabi. “We want to win and right now our team is focused. We just have to continue playing like the team we know we are.”
UP NEXT: Lipscomb gets a break from action this week before hitting the road again for Evansville on Sunday Sept. 7. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. CT.
“We are really looking forward to going to Evansville next week and getting that bad taste out of our mouth,” Morrow said. “Evansville is a quality team and it will be a tough matchup.”
- Junior Shpend Rexhepi and freshman Ivan Alvarado made their first collegiate starts.
- After not scoring in his first two seasons, Matt Kerridge has now scored in back-to-back games.
- He leads the team with five points on the season.
- Reece Holcombe has recorded an assist in both games this season. He is second on the team with four points.
- Nate Davis recorded two saves Monday, giving him seven for the year.
- EIU held a slight advantage in shots, 11-9. But the Bisons put three on goal compared to two for the Panthers.
- Lipscomb took three corner kicks. EIU attempted 2.