|August 15, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|LOU||28:37||Daniel Johnson (Tim Kubel )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||LOU|
|Shots (on Goal)||4 (2)||15 (9)|
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team gave a strong effort on the road Saturday night against No. 18 Louisville, but a first-half goal from the Cardinals proved to be the difference in a 1-0 loss in exhibition play at Lynn Stadium.
Louisville controlled the early portion of the game firing four shots and attempting three corner kicks over the first 11:30, but a couple of saves from junior goalie Micah Bledsoe kept the Cardinals off the board.
In the 14th minute the Bisons were able to get their first look of the game when redshirt senior Matt Kerridge placed a corner kick in the box for his brother Joe Kerridge, but the sophomore’s shot attempt sailed high.
The Cardinals struck for the lone goal of the night at 28:37 after Tim Kubel, off a save from Bledsoe, crossed the ball to Daniel Johnson who then scored on an open net.
Lipscomb would only get two more shot attempts the rest of the game as head coach Charles Morrow emptied his bench trying to get playing time for his guys. In all 19 players would see game action, including six newcomers.
Transfer Eduardo Reza drew the start and was just one of three who played the full 90 minutes.
The defeat marked the first shutout for Lipscomb in exhibition play since a 4-0 loss at Louisville on Aug. 20, 2012.
- Lipscomb was outshot 15-4, including a 9-2 on-goal margin.
- Freshmen Austin Strout and Trystan Innes each placed their lone shot on frame.
- Playing the entire match in net, Bledsoe finished the night with eight saves.
- The 2014 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, Ivan Alvarado, came off the bench late in the first half and attempted one shot in 48 minutes of action.
- Redshirt sophomore Cameron Botes stepped on the pitch for Lipscomb for the first since a 1-0 loss to ETSU in the semifinals of the conference championship on November 15, 2013 after missing all of last season due to injury.
Lipscomb returns to action on Wednesday Aug. 19 when it travels to Lexington to take on Kentucky in the second of what will be three preseason matches for the Purple and Gold. The match is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. CT.