|September 07, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||44:29||Gearin, Luke (Djabi, Omar )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UE|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (6)||12 (7)|
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Luke Gearin’ s first-career goal at Lipscomb came on the road at Evansville in 2012.
Sunday he had another first.
The senior struck two goals for the first time in a single game as a Bison to give the men’s soccer team a 2-0 result over the Purple Aces.
“Defensively our pressure was good today,” coach Charles Morrow said. “An area that worried us coming in was Evansville’s counter attacks. But we were able to cut a lot of those out today.
“Today was an all-around performance and we couldn’t be happier. As good as we are playing, there is still room for improvement. We could have been better at attacking and creating opportunities, but the good thing is we are winning.”
Sunday’s victory marked the first win for Lipscomb in the series history, taking the tally to 3-1-2 in UE’s favor.
Gearin found the net just before the half at the 44:29 mark after Omar Djabi’s free kick was fumbled by Evansville and found its way at Gearin’s feet.
In the 63rd minute the Australian native notched his second goal on a penalty kick.
“Luke had a very good day,” Morrow said. “His two goals were a little deceptive because he also had a great day defensively.
“His first goal was a smart play on his behalf, being able to bottle the ball off a set piece and put it in. His PK was a result of our entire attacking line.”
The Bisons were awarded the opportunity to play one man up over the last nine minutes of play after UE’s Dylan Terry was tabbed with his second yellow of the day and giving him the red card ejection.
Junior Micah Bledsoe got his first start of the season and put up a clean sheet with six saves.
“Micah had a great day in goal for us,” Morrow said. “It was huge for us and for his confidence.”
Eric Teppen took the loss in net for Evansville after recording four saves in the contest.
The win improves Lipscomb to 3-0 on the year and has now won three consecutive road matches for the first time since Sept.-Oct. 2010. With the loss the Purple Aces fell to 1-2-1.
“We are looking forward to being back in Nashville for the next few weeks,” Morrow said. “After seeing our student turnout at the exhibition game (1,300) it is going to be exciting to get home.”
- Gearin scored his 8th and 9th goals while wearing the Purple and Gold.
- Sunday’s win was the first shutout for Lipscomb in 2014 after recording seven last season.
- Evansville outshot Lipscomb 12-11 and had just one more shot on goal than the Bisons (7-6).
- Bledsoe picked up his seventh career shutout and first of 2014. He recorded six last season.
- Lipscomb held a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks and has 13 corners on the year.
- Djabi now has two assists on the year to complement one goal.
- Matt Kerridge led the Bisons with four shot attempts, he put two on goal.
STAT OF THE DAY: The victory was the third consecutive road win for Lipscomb to open 2014. Dating back to last season, the Bisons are now 5-0-1 in their last six road trips.
UP NEXT: The Bisons return to the pitch next weekend to take part in the Belmont Invitational at Rose Park. Lipscomb opens up play Friday Sept. 12 with a 3:30 p.m. match against Gardner-Webb. On Sunday the Bisons tangle with James Madison at 12:05 p.m.
“This is right where they guys expected to be, albeit might be a surprise to some, but not us,” said Morrow. “This is their ability. We have played very well on the road, but you can tell the guys aren’t content and are still hungry for more.
“I feel like there is a lot of optimism for the rest of the season and we are excited for the challenge as we prepare for Gardner-Webb.”