|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)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a back-and-forth affair at Rose Park the Lipscomb men’s soccer team came from behind to upend Gardner-Webb 3-2 Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Belmont Invitational.
With the win Lipscomb improves to 4-0 for the first time in the school’s NCAA era. The loss dropped Gardner-Webb to 1-3 on the season.
Gardner-Webb found itself an early goal in the eighth minute from Ali-Al-Gashami to take a quick 1-0 lead. It was the first deficit of the year for Lipscomb.
“I think to come out and go down a goal early was certainly not the response we wanted,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “We didn’t hang our heads and we just kept plugging away while making some adjustments. Fortunately we were able to recover and get the result.”
The Bisons found an equalizer at the 19:19 mark when senior Robbie Johnson lofted a free kick from midfield into the box for a streaking Reece Holcombe. The junior then flicked the ball with his head back into the box to give Josue Chavez his first goal of the season.
In the 34th minute redshirt junior Matt Kerridge took a deflection from a Bison corner kick and buried a shot to give Lipscomb a short-lived 2-1 lead.
Three minutes later the Runnin’ Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2 on Denzel Clarke's first goal of the season.
In the second half the intensity between the long-time rivals began to increase with fouls being called for both squads. Gardner-Webb at one time was a member of the A-Sun Conference.
In the 66th minute Luke Gearin stepped up and sunk the game-winner on a penalty kick, his second in as many games.
Unlike seasons in the past, Morrow’s squad has found plenty of scoring opportunities this season, a product of the program he has been building.
“We have built a solid backline through our player development,” Morrow said. “Last year we struggled some offensively, but this season we have put a lot of attention into our attacking third.
“This year we have been able to score some goals and after seeing what we did today, you have to like where we are at as a team.”
The Bisons have been outshot in every game in 2014 but Friday they held the advantage 19-9.
Sophomore Micah Bledsoe drew his second consecutive start in the net for Morrow’s squad. He improved to 2-0 after recording two saves.
- With their scores, Kerridge and Gearin move into the A-Sun lead in goals with three each. Kerridge has scored in three of four games, while Gearin has scored all three in the last two matches.
- Kerridge is also tied for the top spot in points (7). Gearin’s six ranks third.
- Chavez’s first-half strike was his first goal of the season.
- Holcombe registered his third assist Friday. That ranks second in the league.
- Senior Robbie Johnson recorded his first point of the season after assisting on Chavez’s goal. It was his third-career assist.
- Holcombe and Kerridge led Lipscomb with four shots apiece. Gearin and freshman Ivan Alvarado each had three.
- The Bisons put 10 shots on goal compared to GW’s four.
- GW held the advantage in corner kicks: 9-3.
Lipscomb returns to action Sunday with a scheduled 12:05 p.m. match with James Madison at Rose Park.