|September 11, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|CAM||7:11||FARIAS, Bradley (SIGNEY, Josh )|
|CAM||48:44||CLEMMONS, Michael (FARIAS, Bradley )|
|LIP||54:33||Paynter, Logan (Cedano, Anthony )|
|Stats at a Glance||CAM||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||12 (8)||14 (6)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After trailing by three goals in the second half the Lipscomb men’s soccer team fought its way back into the game, but eventually fell short 3-2 to Campbell at E.S. Rose Park Friday night in the Belmont Invitational.
“Obviously it was a tough loss for us tonight and we feel as though Campbell sort of escaped with one,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “I was not pleased with our sense of urgency in the first half and didn’t think we were disciplined defensively – unfortunately it resulted in three goals.
“I thought the second half was much, much better, but the thing is it wasn’t a complete performance. Our guys had a better understanding of how to attack and break Campbell’s lines. But until we can put together a full game, unfortunately we will probably continue to have disappointing results.”
In the eighth minute of action Campbell (1-3) won the game’s first corner kick and took advantage. Freshman Josh Signey lofted a ball near the far post for sophomore Bradley Farias who found an opening and connected on a header, bouncing it into the left corner of the net to give the Camels a 1-0 lead.
Just after the 40-minute mark Lipscomb was whistled for a foul and Farias struck again. This time off a set piece from 30 yards out that deflected past a diving Micah Bledsoe and into the net to put Campbell on top 2-0 heading into the break.
“You have to credit Campbell’s number 19 (Farias), he put his chances away,” Morrow said.
Three minutes into the second period Campbell extended its lead to 3-0 after Michael Clemmons buried a shot from outside the box off an assist from Farias.
Although it was facing its biggest deficit of the season Lipscomb (1-3) still felt the game was within reach, but the offensive temp would need to be adjusted.
That change of pace paid off for the Bisons when, in the 55th minute, redshirt freshman Logan Paynter somehow put the ball in the net to cut the Camels lead to 3-1. He received a ball from senior Anthony Cedano just outside the right line of the six-yard box and worked it over the keeper, off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net for his first-career goal.
“Logan has come a long way in a year for us,” Morrow said. “I can’t say enough good things about him. He has been a huge spark for us and is doing a lot of good things, but early on he just had not been able to find the back of the net so we were glad to see him finally get one tonight.”
After missing the match against Xavier, senior Matt Kerridge found himself on the bench for the first 56 minutes of action Friday. Once Morrow made a linuep change to put Kerridge on the pitch, the Golden, Colorado native quickly made his presence known.
At the 69:03 mark, Kerridge took a pass and, after beating a couple of defenders, drilled a 25-yard attempt inside the far post to bring the Bisons within 3-2.
With the time dwindling Lipscomb brought attack after attack searching for an equalizer and it nearly paid off. In the 79th and 82nd minutes Ivan Alvarado and Kevin McMahon each missed a chance no more than six yards out, sending both attempts over the crossbar.
“Obviously we would have loved to have finished one or both of those shots, but that is now why we lost the game,” Morrow said. “We just credit it to being unlucky and that is unfortunate for us. Those are the opportunities that haunt you.”
The match, which was originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., was pushed back two-and-a-half hours after a cell of thunderstorms with heavy rain settled over the Nashville area.
- Redshirt junior Kevin McMahon got his first start of the season Friday. It was the ninth of his career.
- Brandon Braumuller, a transfer from UCF, made his second career start for the Purple and Gold.
- The goal was the first of the season and the eighth of Kerridge’s career.
- Campbell now leads the all-time series 6-3-1 against LU.
- Lipscomb dominated the corner-kick game 9-1.
- Although the Bisons outshot Campbell 12-6 in the second half, the CU held a slight 14-12 advantage for the match.
- Bledsoe brought his season save total to 17 after collecting five on Friday.
- Alvarado paced the Bisons with three shot attempts, while five others each finished with two.
Lipscomb returns to the pitch on Sunday to close out its appearance in the Belmont Invite. The match will see the Bisons and Appalachian State meet for the third time in the series history. The start time is currently slated for 12:05 p.m. at Rose Park.