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Men's Soccer opens conference play at Upstate
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
By Kirk Downs
Men's Soccer opens conference play at Upstate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb Men’s Soccer opens Atlantic Sun Conference play Wednesday night when it takes on USC Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina at 6.

Conference play could not come at a better time for the Bisons as they are in need of a fresh start after beginning the season with a disappointing 2-5-1 overall record.

Wednesday’s match is just the third road contest of the year for Lipscomb. In the previous two road outings, Belmont and Mercer, the Bisons have been outscored 3-0 and have only gotten off 16 total shots.

Going to Upstate could help change their luck as the Bisons have won their conference opener in each of the last two seasons – both against the Spartans.

Lipscomb has gotten seven of its eight goals from the trio of Logan Paynter, Ivan Alvarado and Matt Kerrige. Paynter leads the group with three, while the others have two each.

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Lipscomb failed to score in a game for the third time this season last Saturday, dropping a 1-0 decision on the road at Mercer. The Bears scored the game-winner in the 78th minute on a header from Connor Antley.

Redshirt freshman Christopher Zappia made his collegiate debut for the Bisons after drawing the start in net. He came away with six saves on the night after facing 14 shots and 12 corner kicks.

Upstate enters Wednesday’s match at 4-3-0 overall while outscoring its opponents 20-12. Upstate’s 7.00 points per game ranks them in the top five nationally in that category.

The Spartans are led by the nation’s leading scorer Gordon Wild. The true freshman has served as the catalyst for an Upstate offense that ranks third in the nation with 2.86 goals per match. Individually, Wild not only leads the nation with 12 goals, but he also is tops in points per game (3.43) and ranks second in total points (24).

Teammate Leon Schwarzer has been equally as impressive. He is 12th in the nation with six goals, making him and Wild the highest-scoring duo in the country with 18 combined goals. Schwarzer has also added five assists and ranks sixth in the nation with 17 points.

The Bisons are 6-3 all-time against Upstate after picking up a 2-1 victory in Nashville last season when Matt Kerridge scored with just three minutes remaining. Lipscomb has won back-to-back meetings in the series for the first time since winning three straight from 2008-10.

Lipscomb returns home this weekend for a rematch of the 2014 A-Sun Championship semifinals when North Florida visits Music City. The match is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.