NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lipscomb junior goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe is reaping the rewards of his performance in the Bisons’ 2-1 win over No. 10 Xavier last Thursday, earning National Team of the Week recognition from College Soccer News.
Bledsoe picked up his first win of the season in net and directed the Bisons to the upset with a season-high seven-save effort – just one shy of tying his career mark set in 2013.
The Cincinnati native faced a total of 13 shots and 11 corner kicks in the match, while also cutting down numerous threatening crosses.
“Micah’s work in the offseason has been impressive,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “He came in and impressed from day one of the preseason. He has done a great job of controlling his box and coming up with big and timely saves so far this season.
“Without the play of Micah we would have been in trouble against Xavier. He made some big stops that kept us in the game and in the lead. He played a great game.”
Xavier’s only goal in the game came on a penalty kick in the 21st minute, a score that Bledsoe nearly got a hand on.
After going down 1-0, Lipscomb quickly swung the momentum with two goals in a three-minute span. Junior Daniel Vieira scored his first-career goal with an equalizer in the 24th minute before sophomore Ivan Alvarado followed suit in the 27th with a 25-yard strike that proved to be the game-winner as Bledsoe’s performance in net helped Lipscomb maintain the one-goal advantage.
The Team of the Week is comprised of 11 players across the country that outshined all others at their respected positions. It marks the first time Bledsoe has been recognized by CSN.
Lipscomb returns to action this weekend when it ventures up the road to take park in the Belmont Invitational at E.S. Rose Park. The Bisons will take on Campbell Friday at 3:30 p.m. before facing off with Appalachian State on Sunday at 12:05 p.m.