|September 26, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||72:53||Gearin, Luke (Alvarado, Ivan )|
|Stats at a Glance||GSU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||12 (8)||14 (4)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After falling behind early the Lipscomb men’s soccer team was unable to come from behind and fell to Georgia State 3-1 Friday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“We have to credit Georgia State tonight,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “They came out with some intensity and played a style of play that gave us some issues.
“A slow start made things hard for us and definitely put us behind the eight ball. But I am proud of the effort the guys gave tonight, we just came up short.”
Georgia State (4-3) jumped on the board in the ninth minute when Rashid Alarape scored his second goal of the year on a deflection off the keeper.
The two teams battled back-and-forth before Lipscomb began to pick up the intensity late in the first half, but was still unable to convert.
Just minutes into the second half GSU ballooned its lead to 3-0 on a score from Tyler Alexander and a penalty kick from Stephen McGill in the 49th minute.
Still hanging around the Bisons struck in the 73rd minute when freshman Ivan Alvarado lofted a free kick into the box just in front of the net for senior Luke Gearin who connected on a header to cut the lead to 3-1.
For those who saw the Bisons come from behind to upend Memphis last weekend, hope was not lost.
In the final 15 minutes Lipscomb found itself with multiple opportunities, taking six shot and three corner kicks, but was unable to cash in.
“As a coach I have to prepare the guys better for the different situations we will see,” Morrow said. “We did have some chances late, ones that we usually put in, but we just have to play better.”
The loss drops Lipscomb to 6-2 on the year.
Sophomore Micah Bledsoe got the nod in the net for Lipscomb and fell to 2-2 with the defeat. Bledsoe saved four shots in 59 minutes of play.
- Gearin lead the A-Sun in goals scored with five.
- Alvarado leads the A-Sun with five assists.
- Lipscomb outshot GSU 14-12, but trailed in shots on goal, 8-4.
- Both teams attempted three corner kicks.
- Josue Chavez led the team with four shots, but failed to put any on goal.
- Freshman Nate Davis replaced Bledsoe in the net for the final 31:08 of play and tallied one save.
The Bisons return to the pitch Wednesday Oct. 1 to open conference play when USC Upstate invades Nashville for a 7 p.m. match.
“We are looking forward to opening up conference play next week and we expect a different result,” Morrow said.