|September 12, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||19:19||Chavez, Josue (Johnson, Robbie , Holcombe, Reece)|
|GWU||36:20||Denzel Clarke (Nathan Rose )|
|Stats at a Glance||GWU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (4)||19 (10)|
|September 14, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||JMU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||8 (3)||13 (6)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After traveling almost 1,500 miles in its first three matches of 2014, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team will stay on the road this weekend, but this time just 3.5 miles up the road at Rose Park.
On Friday the Bisons will kick off the opening match of the Belmont Invitational with Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m. At 12:05 Sunday Lipscomb will play James Madison.
Lipscomb has shown it is not afraid to play away from home through the first two weeks of the season, going on the road to grab wins at Xavier, Eastern Illinois and Evansville.
The 3-0 start is the best start in the school’s NCAA era and has resulted in two Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week honors for the Bisons, midfielder Matt Kerridge and defender Luke Gearin.
Five Lipscomb players have netted goals in the three-game stretch, led by Gearin and Kerridge’s two apiece.
Freshman Nate Davis started in net for the Bisons in the first two matches. He is 2-0 and has recorded six saves.
Sophomore Micah Bledsoe got the nod in goal against Evansville and scored a clean sheet with six saves.
Gardner-Webb enters the invite at 1-2 overall, picking up its first win of the season (1-0) last Saturday while visiting A-Sun member USC Upstate in two overtimes.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs have been outscored this season 5-2.
Filipe Conceicao and Jerome Roche have each scored a goal on the year.
Gardner-Webb has put half of its shots on goal (16-of-32) this season and have been awarded 20 corner kicks.
Lipscomb and Gardner-Webb have been fairly even on the pitch in recent history. Friday’s match will be the ninth meeting in the series history (4-4).
The two teams last met in the 2010 Belmont Invitational when the Bisons took a 3-1 decision.
SCOUTING JAMES MADISON:
James Madison brings a 1-2-1 record to Nashville this weekend. It is coming off a 1-1 draw against No. 16 Penn State on Monday.
Sunday’s meeting will mark the first time Lipscomb and JMU have ever met on the pitch.
Joe Vyner is the leading goal scorer for the Dukes with two.
James Madison has outshot its opponents 62-47 and holds a 20-13 advantage in corner kicks.
- Lipscomb has won three straight and four of the last five meetings with GW.
- Bledsoe’s clean sheet at Evansville was the seventh shutout of his career. He had six as a freshman in 2013.
- Lipscomb has scored seven goals this season. Its 2.33 goals per game average ranks tied for 17th nationally.
- Gearin and Kerridge are tied for second in the league in goals scored (2).
- Omar Djabi and Reece Holcombe have each recorded two assists, tied second in the A-Sun.
- Kerridge ranks second in the conference in points (5) and shots (8).
- Lipscomb’s six assists stand just behind North Florida’s nine for the league lead.
- The Bisons have been outshot 36-30 this season, including a 17-15 tally in shots on goal.
- Lipscomb has narrowly out-kicked its opponents in corner kicks, 13-10.
Lipscomb opens play at home next weekend when it hosts the Hyatt Place Select Lipscomb Invitational at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. The tournament will kick off Wednesday Sept. 17 when the Bisons match up with Houston Baptist for a first-ever meeting between the schools at 7 p.m.
Joining Lipscomb and HBU in the invite will be Memphis and Belmont.
Although the Bisons do not match up with Belmont this time around, they will face Memphis Friday Sept. 19 in a A-SunTV broadcast at 7:30 pm.