|October 21, 2014||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|LIP||2:18||Kerridge, Matt (Alvarado, Ivan )|
|UCA||7:36||Bates, Jordan (Montal, Manuel )|
|LIP||78:29||Alvarado, Ivan (Kerridge, Matt )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UCA|
|Shots (on Goal)||18 (8)||20 (7)|
CONWAY, Ark. – Senior Matt Kerridge and freshman Ivan Alvarado played leading roles to push the Lipscomb men’s soccer team past upset-minded Central Arkansas, 3-2, Tuesday night at Bill Stephens Soccer Complex in nonconference action.
It did not take long for the duo to team up to put the road team on top. Kerridge took a pass from Alvarado just 2:18 into the match and placed a 12-yard strike past the keeper for a confidence-boosting 1-0 lead, his first of two scores on the night.
The assist was Alvarado’s team-leading sixth of the year.
However, UCA bounced back five minutes later to find an equalizer off the foot of Jordan Bates. Later in the half, just before the 30-minute mark, Lipscomb conceded the go-ahead goal on Alejandro Moquete’s four-yard strike and entered the break trailing 2-1.
“I thought we played well tonight,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “But once we went up 1-0, we stopped working and unfortunately let them back into the game.”
The Bisons had plenty of chances Tuesday night, placing 8-of-18 shots on goal, but continued to come up empty until Kerridge played a ball forward to complete a nice run by Alvarado in the 79th minute. The freshman took Kerridge’s pass and placed a shot backside to knot the match at 2-2 and eventually send the game to overtime.
“It was great to see Matt and Ivan show an increase in production attacking-wise,” Morrow said. “I think it is good momentum leading up to a strong conference finish.”
Less than four minutes into the extra period Kerridge struck again, this time for the game-winner. The Golden, Colorado native danced his way out of the corner and dribbled into the box before sinking the 6-yard shot to give Lipscomb its first overtime victory since 2012.
“I am proud of our guys that they didn’t give up and fought back to get the road result,” Morrow said.
Lipscomb picked up its ninth win of the season, just one win shy of tying the school’s NCAA single-season record, and improved to 9-3-1 overall. The loss drops UCA to 2-11.
The Bisons have found a home in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Southeast Regional rankings this season. In the most recent edition the Purple and Gold was slotted No. 6 after knocking off North Florida on Saturday.
With the two scores, Kerridge is now tied with teammate Luke Gearin and Stetson’s JJ Bostic for the Atlantic Sun lead in goals with seven. It is the first multi-goal game of his career.
Fresh off his A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week honor, freshman goalie Nate Davis collected five saves and improved to 7-1-1 in the net.
- Lipscomb remains unbeaten on the road, 5-0-1.
- Kerridge finished the night with five points (2 goals, 1 assist).
- He now ranks second in the conference with 17 total points, just two behind the leader.
- Kerridge now has seven goals and three assists this season.
- Alvarado scored his second goal of his freshman campaign. His six assists are second best in the A-Sun.
- Lipscomb’s seven nonconference wins are a school record.
- The Bisons even up the all-time series with UCA (2-2) after avenging last season’s loss.
- UCA has now lost 11 straight matches.
Lipscomb returns to Nashville to host Longwood in the first-ever meeting between the schools on Saturday at 6 p.m.
“The guys know what is at stake,” Morrow said. “They know more so than just results, momentum and confidence play a huge role in your success. We have a veteran group and they understand that we still have a lot to accomplish.”