|October 01, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||64:44||Gearin, Luke (Djabi, Omar )|
|LIP||87:00||Kerridge, Matt (Djabi, Omar )|
|Stats at a Glance||UPST||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (2)||24 (9)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After starting the season 6-2 the Lipscomb men’s soccer team must now turn its attention to Atlantic Sun Conference play.
The Bisons will take the pitch 7 p.m. Wednesday night against USC Upstate for their conference opener at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Lipscomb is off to its best start in school history and the six nonconference wins are the most in a season since joining the A-Sun.
The Bisons are coming off a disappointing effort this past Friday when Georgia State came into Music City and pushed Lipscomb around to take a 3-1 decision back to Atlanta.
Senior defender Luke Gearin scored the lone goal in the defeat to push his total to five on the season. That is tied with North Florida’s JJ Bostic for the league lead.
Redshirt junior Matt Kerridge is second on the team and tied for third in the conference with four scores.
Ivan Alvarado ranks eighth in the nation and is tied for the A-Sun lead with five assists during his freshman campaign.
The Bisons are looking to win their conference opener for the first time in nine seasons. The last win came in 2006 when Lipscomb knocked off Belmont 2-0 at Rose Park.
The recipe for success for Lipscomb thus far in 2014 has been a balanced attack. Eight different Bisons have scored a goal, including five with two or more scores. Also, eight players have recorded an assist.
The Spartans (2-5-1) enter the contest looking to end a two-game skid after dropping matches to Wofford (3-1) and Appalachian State (3-2) last week.
Upstate possesses the A-Sun’s third-most potent offense averaging 1.8 goals per game with 14 total scores on the season. However, the Spartans defense has allowed the third-most goals, 18, through eight games.
Nine different Spartans have netted goals, including three with two or more. Junior midfielder Marvin Schmiege leads the team with three scores.
Upstate has been outshot by its opponents 126-98, including a 66-50 margin in shots on goal. The Spartans opponents also hold a decisive 61-36 advantage in corner kicks.
Junior Joe Brinckwirth and freshman Leon Schwarzer are tied for the team lead with three assists. Brinckwirth, a transfer from DePaul, earned A-Sun Player of the Week Sept. 15 after scoring two goals to help Upstate post a 1-1 record in the Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament.
The Spartans have two keepers they can go to in net. Junior Jack Rubin leads the duo having seen action in five matches, logging 381:34 minutes of action. He has allowed nine scores with 21 saves and brings a record of 1-4 to Nashville with one shutout.
Sophomore Hassan Haddad has also allowed nine goals in 370:28 minutes of play. Haddad has collected 23 saves and holds a 1-1-1 record.
- Lipscomb owns a 5-3 lead in the all-time series which dates back to 2007, Upstate’s first year in the A-Sun. The Bisons took a 1-0 decision in Spartanburg last season when Scout Monteith scored his first career goal on a header in the 50th minute to clinch Lipscomb’s spot in the A-Sun Tournament.
- In the previous eight meetings between the schools, Lipscomb owns a narrow 12-10 advantage in goals scored.
- Upstate knocked off the Bisons 1-0 in an overtime thriller the last time the two squared off in Nashville in 2012.
- Lipscomb has outshot its foes 106-88, including a 55-43 margin in shots on goal.
- It also holds a slight 34-32 advantage in corners.
- Lipscomb’s 6.88 points and 2.38 goals per game rank 11th nationally.
- The 19 total goals rank 10th.
- Gearin’s five goals are 22nd best in the nation.
Following Wednesday’s matchup with the Spartans, Lipscomb makes its first conference road trip Saturday to Northern Kentucky. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. central time.