Late goal sinks Men's Soccer 1-0 at Mercer
Saturday, September 26, 2015
By Kirk Downs
Late goal sinks Men's Soccer 1-0 at Mercer

MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb Men’s Soccer dropped a 1-0 result against Mercer Saturday night at Bear Field. Despite facing 14 shots and 12 corner kicks, the Bisons’ defense hung tough for the majority of the match, but a Bears goal with 12 minutes remaining proved to be the difference. 

Lipscomb (2-5-1) – 0
Mercer (5-3-0) - 1

78' – MERCER –Conner Antley broke open the scoreless match when he took a cross from Jordan Duru and connected on a header from the right side of the goal. It was his first score of the season for Antley.

- Lipscomb has not beaten Mercer in its last seven meetings (0-6-1). The loss was the fourth consecutive loss to Mercer by one goal.
- Redshirt freshman Christopher Zappia made his collegiate debut for the Purple and Gold by drawing the start between the pipes. The North Carolina native had a good showing with six saves on the night.
- Lipscomb was outshot 14-9 overall and 8-4 in shots on frame.
- The shutout was the third of the season for the Bisons.
- Senior defender Shpend Rexhepi saw his first action of the season and played 11 minutes.             – Senior Reece Holcombe took the field for 29 minutes Saturday for the first time since being sidelined since Aug. 30 with injury. He put his only shot of the night on target.
- Eduardo Reza led Lipscomb with two shot attempts.

"The end result was very disappointing to see. We are dealing with injuries as well as other things that don’t have anything to do with soccer. When you can’t take care of the basics, that makes winning that more difficult.

I thought the guys who played today did a decent job battling. Quite honestly, the quality wasn’t there from the guys who are normally good with the ball. We struggled for the first 20 minutes or so stringing passes together. Mercer’s goal was ultimately off a defensive mistake where our back let a runner get inside of him. Hopefully at some point all of these mistakes will start to benefit us and we will learn from them.

I thought Zappia did a good job of managing the game tonight. He came up with some timely saves and kept things organized in front of him. That is very encouraging to see from someone who was playing in his first collegiate game.” 

The Bisons have a few days to rest up before getting Atlantic Sun Conference started against USC Upstate. Lipscomb will visit County University Soccer Stadium on Wednesday (Sept. 30) at 6 p.m.

“We are looking forward to getting conference play started, but USC Upstate is going to present a tough challenge,” Morrow said.”

Upstate’s Gordon Wild is currently the nation’s leading goal scorer with 12. He is the three-time A-Sun Player of the Week.