|August 28, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||BEL|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (2)||12 (4)|
|August 30, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||21:03||Alvarado, Ivan (McMahon, Kevin )|
|EIU||64:08||Dominic Recca (Tyler Oliver )|
|Stats at a Glance||EIU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (6)||16 (9)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team is set to open its 2015 season on Friday, Aug. 28 when it visits crosstown-rival Belmont for the soccer edition of the Battle of the Boulevard at Rose Park. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
With a quick turnaround Lipscomb will then host Eastern Illinois in the home opener on Sunday, Aug. 30. That match is slated to begin at 6 p.m. Live stats will be available (CLICK HERE).
The Bisons are entering their 12th season of play under the control of head coach Charles Morrow after taking home the league’s regular season crown a season ago. The squad finished 2014 with a 12-4-1 overall mark, including a 4-1-1 conference record.
Earlier this month Lipscomb was tabbed to finish third in the Atlantic Sun Conference and placed two men on the preseason All-Conference team: Matt Kerridge and Ivan Alvarado.
Kerridge returns for his final season in the Purple and Gold after breaking out in a big way last season. The Golden, Colorado native is the leading returning goal scorer and top point getter. In 2014 he scored seven goals, tallied three assists and finished with a team-high 17 total points on his way to earning first team All-Conference and second team All-Region selections.
Alvarado will look to build on a successful 2014 campaign that saw him land the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in his first season in Nashville. He scored four goals and set a program mark for assists in a single-season by a freshman with eight. Alvarado finished just one point shy of Kerridge with 16. He also earned first team All-Conference honors a year ago.
SCOUTING BELMONT (7:00 P.M.) -
Head Coach Bryan Green enters his second year at the helm of the Bruins program after coming off a disappointing season where they finished 3-15 overall and 1-7 in Ohio Valley Conference action in 2014.
The Bruins return 16 lettermen and eight starters for the 2015 season.
Rashad Hyacenth and Nat Hubert are the returning scoring leaders from a year ago with two. They also topped the team with five total points.
Belmont played just one exhibition match during the preseason on the road at Mercer. The Bruins fell behind two minutes into the match and could never catch up, eventually falling 2-1.
SCOUTING EASTERN ILLINOIS (6:00 P.M.) -
Head coach Kiki Lara looks to begin his first season at Eastern Illinois after spending five seasons with the University of Dayton as an assistant coach.
The Panthers were picked to finish seventh in the Summit League preseason coaches’ poll after finishing 2014 with a mark of 3-13-1.
EIU looked impressive during its preseason matches, earning a 2-1 win over Cincinnati and a 4-1 win over Saint Xavier. Freshman Brendan McDonough led the way with a goal in each match. Also finding the back of the net were Eric McCausland and Damien Sampson.
- Lipscomb trails in the all-time series with Belmont 8-7-2, but it has not lost in the matchup since 2005 -going 6-0-2 in that stretch. The last regular season meeting for the battle of the boulevard came in 2013 when Lipscomb topped Belmont 3-1 at home.
- Eastern Illinois holds a slight edge at 3-2 in the all-time series with Lipscomb, but it was the Bisons who went to Charleston last season and grabbed a 2-1 victory.
- The Bisons return 12 letter winners and seven starters from 2014. Joining the mix will be eight newcomers, including two transfers – Eduardo Reza (Mississippi College) and Brandon Braumuller (UCF).
- Cameron Botes returns to the pitch this season after missing all of 2014 due to injury. The 6-foot-5 defender will add some much needed help to a backline that lost three starters due to graduation.
After the two matches this weekend, Lipscomb will host No. 16 Xavier at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.