|October 25, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||37:36||Ramirez, Jonathan (Alvarado, Ivan )|
|LIP||52:55||Cedano, Anthony (Chavez, Josue )|
|Stats at a Glance||LWU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (3)||10 (6)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team picked up its 10th win of the season Saturday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex after downing Longwood, 3-1, in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
The Bisons tied the school’s NCAA record for wins in a season, moving to 10-3-1 overall. Longwood dropped to 3-10-1.
“This week was really important for our guys in building confidence heading into the last two games of conference play,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “We definitely feel like we have a team that can beat anyone in the league.
“Seeing the increase in offensive production is big. I’m proud of the guys for picking it up, but now we need to continue this success.”
In its final non-conference match of the year, Lipscomb took charge late in the first half. In the 38th minute just after checking into the game freshman Jonathan “Buddy” Ramirez connected from eight yards out on a cross from fellow freshman Ivan Alvarado.
It was the second goal of the year for Ramirez and the seventh assist for Alvarado.
“It is nice to see Buddy (Ramirez) contributing after missing a couple of games,” Morrow said. “I thought his overall play tonight was very good. It definitely helps having him back.”
The one score game carried over into the second half before junior Anthony Cedano hit from five yards out in the 53rd minute. It was his third goal this season. Josue Chavez assisted on the play.
Senior defender Luke Gearin widened the gap one minute later on a penalty kick. He has a league-leading eight goals this season.
Longwood got a score in the 74th minute when Gearin deflected a Lancer free kick for an own goal.
Lipscomb held Longwood to just seven shot attempts on the night, a season low for the Bisons.
Freshman goalie Nate Davis improved to 8-1-1 in the net. He collected two saves.
“Longwood is much better than what its record is,” Morrow said. “They are a tough team to break down defensively. I thought we did a good job of managing the game and limiting their shots, that is big for us.”
- Gearin continues to move up the school’s career charts. He is now fourth in goals (15) and fourth in points (30).
- Gearin also tied the school’s NCAA record with his fourth career PK.
- Alvarado’s seven assists are the second most in a single-season in school history. He also is second best in the A-Sun.
- Ramirez scored his first goal since striking in the 4-3 win over Memphis on Sept. 19.
- Lipscomb is on its second three-game win streak of the year.
- The Bisons set a school record improving to 8-2 against non-conference opponents.
- Lipscomb outshot Longwood 10-7, including 6-3 on goal.
- Five different players recorded a goal this week in wins over Central Arkansas and Longwood.
- The Bisons are No. 6 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Southeast Poll Rankings.
Lipscomb stays home to host its final A-Sun match of the year against the four-time reigning league champs, Florida Gulf Coast. The Nov. 1 contest will be Lipscomb’s annual Coaches vs. Cancer match. It will also be senior night for the Bisons. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
“I am happy with our performance tonight, but we are now looking forward to a big game next weekend,” Morrow said. “With FGCU coming in we need our loyal fan support and for the students to come out in full force.