NASHVILLE, Tenn. – James Madison found a late goal Sunday afternoon to upend the Lipscomb men’s soccer team 1-0 in the Belmont Invitational championship game at Rose Park.
The loss drops Lipscomb to 4-1 on the year while JMU improves to 3-2-1.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the result today,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “But overall we are happy with the team’s performance.
“I thought it was a tremendous game on our part, but at the end of the day we just didn’t get the result. After producing as many quality shots as we did today, we certainly should have come away with more. I thought we were the better team.”
For 88 minutes on Sunday the first-ever meeting between the Bisons and Dukes proved to be a defensive battle. With Lipscomb seemingly in control for most of the match, neither team could capitalize on their offensive possessions.
Just as the match looked to be heading for overtime, JMU’s Jonathan Barden found himself all alone in the box after a defensive lapse by Lipscomb. Barden squared up and placed the ball past a diving Micah Bledsoe at 88:03 for the game-winner.
Redshirt junior Matt Kerridge had the best opportunity of the day for the Bisons in the 74th minute when he slid a ball through the box to the left post but JMU’s Kyle Morton was able to get to it for his sixth save of the day to preserve his clean sheet.
Bledsoe collected two saves for Lipscomb including a diving stop early in the first half on a JMU free kick. He suffered his first loss of the year in net, 2-1.
James Madison took the tournament crown with the win. Matt Kerridge and Josue Chavez were named to the All-Tournament team for Lipscomb after each scored a goal in Friday's match with Gardner-Webb.
- Lipscomb held a 13-8 advantage in shot attempts including a 6-3 edge in shots on goal.
- A season-high four freshmen drew starts for the Bisons.
- It was the first-career start for Anthony Bellini and Kyle Smith. Jonathan Ramirez and Joe Kerridge got their second career starts.
- Omar Djabi and Joe Kerridge fired a team-high three shots Sunday. Kerridge put all three on goal.
- Lipscomb attempted two corner kicks compared to zero for JMU.
- It was the first shutout of the season for Lipscomb University.
- James Madison improves to 1-0 in the all-time series with Lipscomb.
UP NEXT: After living on the road for a month to start the 2014 season the Bisons return home this week to host the Hyatt Place Select Lipscomb Invitational at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Playing alongside Lipscomb will be Belmont, Houston Baptist and Memphis.
The Bisons will make their home opener Wednesday Sept. 17 against Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. On Friday Lipscomb will battle Memphis in a 7:30 p.m. match.
“We are excited to get back home on our campus and in front of our fans,” Morrow said. “The fan support was tremendous in the preseason game.”