HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Saturday night the Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky men’s soccer teams gained a hard-earned point in Atlantic Sun Conference action after battling to a 0-0 draw in two overtimes.
“We created enough quality chances tonight,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “And we were unfortunate to come away without finishing one.
“NKU is a tough place to go and to get a result on the road would have been big for us.”
The result drops the Bisons to 7-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league play. NKU is 2-4-4, 0-0-1.
Neither team could get much going in the first half as each attempted just five shots. Lipscomb put only one of those five on goal.
Both squads picked up the pace of play after the break combining for 19 shots the rest of the match.
Redshirt junior Matt Kerridge and junior Anthony Cedano found good looks at the end of regulation to try and escape Highland Heights with a victory. But A-Sun preseason goalkeeper of the year A.J. Fleak came up with stops to send the match to overtime.
The Norse seemed to control both overtime periods but Lipscomb’s freshmangoalkeeper Nate Davis came up big to thwart a Northern Kentucky victory.
Davis faced 20 shots in the match and came up with a career high seven saves to record his first career clean sheet. The freshman remains unbeaten in the net for Lipscomb at 5-0-1.
“I thought defensively we did a good job,” Morrow said. “We got good play from our back line and a solid effort from Nate (Davis). Obviously we would have been much happier with a win, but it was just a really tough game and we are glad to get out of there with a point.”
Fleak collected six saves in 110 minutes of action to take his season total to 45.
- Lipscomb falls to 1-1-1 all-time against the Norse.
- Saturday’s result marks just the second time in the past six seasons the Bisons have ended a match 0-0.
- The draw is just the second time Lipscomb was shutout. The first was a 1-0 loss to James Madison.
- The two teams combined for 35 shots and 15 corners. NKU held the advantage in each – 20-15 (shots) and 11-4 (corners).
- Freshman Ivan Alvarado led the team with four shots in 83 minutes of play. He put two on frame.
- Lipscomb was called offside three times compared to seven for the Norse.
Lipscomb returns home Oct. 11 to face Stetson at 7 p.m. at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“We look forward to getting back home and preparing for Stetson next weekend,” Morrow said.