NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Head Coach Charles Morrow announced on Monday the 2015 schedule for the Lipscomb men’s soccer team.
Coming off its best season in program history where the Bisons claimed their first Atlantic Sun regular season championship and set the school’s single-season win mark going 12-4-1, Morrow has put together a challenging 16-game fall slate.
The lineup features three matchups with 2014 NCAA Tournament teams, two midseason tournaments and first-ever meetings with IUPUI and San Diego.
In preparation for the regular season slate, Lipscomb will play a trio of tough exhibition matches – traveling to Louisville (Aug. 15) and Kentucky (Aug. 19) before hosting Memphis (Aug 23.) at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“We will have a very talented and veteran team returning in 2015,” Morrow said. “I feel like we have several incoming players that will also step in right away and challenge for time.
“I am excited to test our team early in the preseason in order to gauge where this team is. I think those games will stretch this group and set the table for the level we expect to play at this season.”
Last season the Bisons and Tigers played a thrilling shootout in Nashville that saw Lipscomb overcome a two-goal deficit in the first half to win 4-3 in front of an announced crowd of 1,214.
The 2015 regular season begins with a with a short road trip up Granny White Pike to take on rival Belmont in a Friday night showdown on August 28. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Lipscomb last opened the season against the Bruins in 2013 with a 3-1 victory. The Bisons have not lost to Belmont in the last nine meetings dating to 2005.
Following the Battle of the Boulevard, Lipscomb will host Eastern Illinois on Sunday (Aug. 30) as the second of a three-game homestand.
The month of September will begin with an anticipated Thursday home match against Xavier (Sept. 3). The Musketeers may very well enter that meeting as a Top 25 team after ending last season at No. 13. Last year Lipscomb went to Cincinnati and downed Xavier 3-2 in the season opener. It was the first win for the Bisons in three meetings with XU.
A week later Lipscomb will head back to E.S. Rose Park as part of Belmont’s Tournament for two games. On Friday it will face an old A-Sun foe in Campbell (Sept. 11) before challenging Appalachian State on Sunday (Sept. 13). The meeting with the Mountaineers will be the first since 2001.
Next on tap for the Bisons will be the 8th annual Hyatt Place Select/Lipscomb Invitational Tournament. The four-team field features Belmont, IUPUI and Georgia Southern.
On Friday, September 18 Belmont and IUPUI will get the tournament started with an afternoon match, followed by Lipscomb meeting Georgia Southern at 7 p.m.
The tournament’s last day will see the Bruins take on GSU at noon before the Bisons and IUPUI close the event on Sunday, September 20 at 2:30 p.m.
In the final nonconference tune-up before league play begins, Lipscomb will travel to Macon, Georgia to face A-Sun departee Mercer (Sept. 26).
The final day in September will see conference play get underway for the Bisons when they travel to USC Upstate (Sept. 30).
As the calendar turns to October Lipscomb will welcome North Florida (Oct. 3) and Jacksonville (Oct. 6) in an unusual Saturday-Tuesday format.
Road trips to Elon (Oct. 10) and Florida Gulf Coast (Oct. 17) will lead into the final homestand of 2015 for Lipscomb.
Lipscomb will host Evansville on Tuesday, October 20 before San Diego makes a trip across country to visit the Music City on October 24. Last season the Toreros made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before being put out by the eventual national runner up UCLA. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
To close out the regular season Lipscomb will make its second trip to the Sunshine State in as many weeks when it takes on Stetson (Oct. 31).
“With a ready and healthy returning group, I feel that this team can build on the regular season success from last season,” Morrow said. “And from past experiences, build on the things we have done well in order to learn from those moments when we fell short of our potential.”
The A-Sun Championship will take place Nov. 6-14 with the first two rounds taking place on campus sites. The tournament final will then be held at the highest remaining seed’s field.
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