|November 14, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|UNF||8:47||SPRAGG, Drew (BOLT, Jay )|
|UNF||24:08||KOVACS, Milan (MORRELL, Alex , SPRAGG, Drew)|
|Stats at a Glance||UNF||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||5 (5)||16 (7)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Once again the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Championship proved to be the undoing of the Lipscomb men’s soccer team.
The top-seeded Bisons (12-4-1, 4-1-1 A-Sun) dropped a 3-0 decision to the fourth-seeded North Florida Ospreys Friday night in front of their home crowd, marking the sixth time in the last eight seasons Lipscomb’s season ended in the round of four.
“Obviously we are disappointed in the result,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “This group of guys deserved better tonight, but we have to give credit to UNF for taking advantage of the chances they created.
“I am proud of the year we had but tonight was just an unfortunate match and I wish we had a do over. This loss will make us better in the future.”
Senior Omar Djabi nearly put Lipscomb on top in the ninth minute when his attempt off a set piece curled through the box and pinged off the right post
UNF (8-6-1, 3-2-1 A-Sun) answered 13 seconds later after a mishandled Lipscomb clearance allowed Drew Spraggs to square up an 8-yard strike to put the Ospreys on top 1-0.
“That first goal was an error of judgment,” Morrow said. “We tried to settle the ball in front and not clear it out and UNF made us pay. I didn’t think our guys responded the way they should have after that first goal, we weren’t mentally tough enough.
“But I can’t fault our guy’s effort and the work the put into it. I am really proud of this team.”
On a night when the temperatures dipped below freezing the Ospreys had the hot feet.
In the 25th minute within a span of 44 seconds UNF tacked on the final scores of the night to put the game out of reach.
Milan Kovacs drilled a perfectly placed ball just out of the reach of Lipscomb keeper Nate Davis to make it 2-0.
Moments later UNF nailed a 25-yard free kick just under the cross bar to round out the scoring.
Knowing it needed three goals to keep the season alive, Lipscomb turned up the pressure, outshooting UNF 8-1 after the break and 16-5 for the match.
“We had plenty of opportunities to score tonight, but we just could not convert,” Morrow said. “To have the ball as much as we did and to create the opportunities we had without scoring a goal is disappointing.”
To show what an unlucky night it was on offense, the Bisons also dominated corner kicks, holding a decisive 15-0 advantage.
For seniors Luke Gearin, Robbie Johnson, Zander El-Hindi and Omar Djabi, the loss ended their careers in the Purple and Gold.
“We are going to miss all of our seniors,” Morrow said. “They have been such a big part of this program over the last four years and I am disappointed we weren’t able to win them a conference championship, because I thought they were good enough to do it.
“We will miss their leadership on and off the field. They are all great guys and have bright futures ahead of them.”
North Florida advances to face Florida Gulf Coast Sunday at 12 p.m. in the final match of the A-Sun Championship.