|September 03, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||XU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||13 (8)||6 (4)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Still searching for its first win, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team will face its stiffest test of the season on Thursday when the No. 10-ranked Xavier Musketeers visit the Lipscomb Soccer Complex for a 7 p.m. tilt.
Xavier's stop in Nashville will mark the first time a top-10 team team has visited the Bisons.
The Bisons (0-2) have gotten off to a slow start in 2015 with losses to Belmont, 2-0, and Eastern Illinois, 3-1, last weekend.
Sophomore Ivan Alvarado, a preseason All-Atlantic Sun selection, scored the first goal of the season for Lipscomb in the 22nd minute Sunday against EIU. It was his fifth career goal.
The Musketeers (2-0) climbed nine spots in the latest NSCAA Poll to No. 10 after coming off back-to-back shutouts to open their season. XU downed Eastern Illinois 8-0 in the season opener before knocking off Wisconsin 2-0 on Sunday.
Xavier's 10 goals this season currently leads the nation. It is the most goals through two games since 1992.
With a young roster that features just 11 upperclassmen, the Musketeers are led by sophomore Cory Brown, who was named to the All-Big East Second Team and the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region First Team last season. As a defender Brown scored three goals and three assists, but where he made his mark was anchoring a defensive unit that set the school record with 11 shutouts.
Although seven different players have scored this season, Xavier is led offensively by a trio of players - Matt Vasquenza, Alex Ridsdale and Kaleb Bayse - each with two goals apiece.
Xavier reached the third-round of the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in program history where it eventually fell to Creighton, 2-1.
A subplot to Thursday's showdown will be the return of former Lipscomb assistant John Michael Hayden. After spending two years in Nashville, Hayden was named the associate head coach under Andy Fleming back in April. During his stint at Lipscomb, Hayden helped lead the Bisons to a 21-13-4 overall record.
- Lipscomb knocked off Xavier in the season opener a year ago in Cincinnati, 3-2. Xavier leads in the all-time series 2-1.
- The Musketeers have visited Nashville just once in the program’s history. In 2011 XU escaped with a 1-0 win.
- Xavier's 26 total points and 13 points per match both rank second nationally.
- The Bisons will look to avoid going 0-3 for the first time since 2011.
- Junior Kevin McMahon recorded his first-career assist on Alvarado’s goal against the Panthers.
- Freshman Cole Brown got his first-career start for the Bisons in the team’s last match.
Lipscomb returns to action next weekend when it travels to E.S. Rose Park to participate in the Belmont Invitational. On Friday, Sept. 11 the Bisons will face Campbell at 3:30 p.m. before turning around to play Appalachian State on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 12:05 p.m.