NASHVILLE – Matt Kerridge’s penalty kick in the 84th minute earned the Lipscomb Men’s Soccer team a 1-0 hard-fought victory over IUPUI in the finale of the 8th Annual Hyatt Place Select Lipscomb Invitational Sunday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“Well, it’s good to get a win,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “Although we are on the heels of a hard-fought game on Friday night, I thought we could have done a better job than what we did today. If felt like for the majority of the game, that we were just too content to keep the ball rather than move it.
“We saw too many possessions that had no purpose today; sometimes that happens on Sunday games. But overall there are some positive things we can take from this win and that is good to see. WE are certainly happy to get the win and get out of here having learned the lessons we did today.”
The Bisons improve to 2-4-1 on the year while the Jaguars fall to 0-5-2.
Both teams came into the matchup having tied its match on Friday. Lipscomb played even with Georgia Southern, 2-2, while IUPUI drew with Belmont 1-1.
The two teams combined for nine shots in the first half, but none could find a hole.
A turning point in the scoreless game came in the early minutes of the second period when IUPUI senior forward and Captain, Cliff Hoffar, was handed a red card in the 58th minute.
Playing a man down and overtime looming, the Jaguars were whistled for a hand-ball in the box in the 84th minute, opening the door for Kerridge’s game-winning penalty shot. The score was Kerridge’s second of the season, tying him with sophomore Ivan Alvarado for second on the team.
“Hopefully this is a win that can get our confidence going as we are about to be in conference play,” Morrow said. “There are some things from both games this weekend that we have to take and clean up, but coming out of our own tournament without a loss should be a confidence builder.”
Junior keeper Micah Bledsoe notched his first clean sheet of the season, collecting two saves in the process. He now has eight career shutouts to his credit.
- Matt Kerridge’s score was the second of the season for the senior, after finishing 2014 with seven.
- Lipscomb outshot IUPUI 11-7 in the match and also held a 5-2 advantage in shots on frame.
- Freshman Mathias Gmeiner, an Austrian native, made his collegiate debut in the 84th minute, playing the final six minutes.
- Junior Kevin McMahon led the Bisons with a career-high four shot attempts. He put two on goal.
- IUPUI attempted three corner kicks to just one from Lipscomb.
- Logan Paynter finished the afternoon with two shots, giving him a team-leading 16 on the year.
- Georgia Southern defeated Belmont 4-1 in the early match Sunday.
ALL-TOURNAMENT With a total of three points on a win and a draw, Lipscomb finishes the weekend in second in the Invitational. The Bisons and Eagles each recorded three points, but a goal differential gives Georgia Southern the tournament crown. IUIPUI was third and Belmont fourth.
Jack Falle (Sr.-GK) MVP
Nick Wells (So.-F)
Jeremy Rector (Jr.-MF)
Emmanuel Raji (Sr.-F)
Logan Paynter (RFr.-F)
Micah Bledsoe (Jr.-GK)
Anthony Cedano (Sr.-MF)
Eduardo Cortes (Sr.-GK)
Harold Agyeman-Prempeh (Jr.-MF)
Dennis Kluba (Fr.-MF)
Anthony Torres (Sr.-MF)
“I thought all weekend that Logan Paynter was really, really solid,” Morrow said. “And you won’t see Matt Kerridge’s name on the score sheet, other than his PK today, but I thought he also had a strong performance.”
The Bisons will hit the road for a matchup against Mercer in Macon, Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Following that match, Lipscomb will get is Atlantic Sun Conference slate started at USC Upstate on Sept. 30.