|September 29, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||20:28||Kerridge, Matt (Cedano, Anthony )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UPST|
|Shots (on Goal)||16 (8)||9 (2)|
MACON, Ga. – Facing USC Upstate on the road to open Atlantic Sun Conference play, the Lipscomb Men’s Soccer team got its scoring output from three different Bisons en route to a 3-0 victory at the County University Stadium.
Upstate brought the nation’s third-best offense into the match, averaging 2.86 goals per game, but Wednesday night it was the Bisons’ defense that shined brightest.
Lipscomb’s defensive effort dominated the first half, limiting Upstate to just three shot opportunities and one corner kick while giving the Bisons possession for the majority of the action.
The Purple and Gold have now won back-to-back conference openers for the first time in program history.
Lipscomb (3-5-1 overall, 1-0 A-Sun)
USC Upstate (4-4-0 overall, 0-1 A-Sun)
21' – LIPSCOMB –Redshirt senior Matt Kerridge got the game’s first score at 20:28 after a failed clearance from the Spartans. After taking a pass from Anthony Cedano and dribbling to his right, Kerridge curled a 23-yard shot inside the left post for his third goal of the season.
30’ – LIPSCOMB – Following an Upstate yellow card from just outside the 18-yard box, Lipscomb’s redshirt freshman Logan Paynter stepped up and rolled a free kick through the Spartan line and just inside the far post as a line of Bisons fronted the goalkeeper.
87’ – LIPSCOMB – Sophomore Eduardo Reza stepped up and drilled his first-career goal on a penalty kick to put the game out of reach after Brandon Braumuller was tripped up in the box while making a run towards the goal.
- Lipscomb has now won three straight matches against the Spartans while improving to 7-3 in the all-time series.
- Paynter now has four goals on the year to lead the Bisons. That total is the fifth-most in the A-Sun
- Mathias Gmeiner, playing in only his second career match, made his first collegiate start for the Bisons. He finished with 45 minutes of action.
- Lipscomb outshot the Spartans 16-9 overall and 8-2 in shots on goal, and also held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- Cedano recorded his fifth-career assist, and second of the season, on Kerridge’s goal.
- Paynter led the team with a game-high four shot attempts. He put two on frame.
- Junior goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe has posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his career. He now has nine clean sheets in 32 career matches.
- Bledsoe moves to 3-4-1 between the pipes after picking up one save in the victory.
- Upstate was called for seven fouls in the match and was also handed a yellow card in the 30th minute and a red card in the 87th.
- The match was delayed for 1:40 minutes in the second half due to lightning.
- Upstate’s Gordon Wild and Leon Schwarzer, the nation’s top scoring duo with 18 combined goals, were held in check throughout the match. They combined for just two shots – one apiece.
- It is just the second time this season that the Spartans were held without a goal.
WHAT HEAD COACH CHARLES MORROW SAID
“Getting that first win on the first try is great and hopefully it will set the tone for us moving forward in conference play. I am so proud of the effort our guys played with tonight. It was a huge step forward as a team in terms of the quality of our performance. For us so much of our offense is created off of our defense and tonight t was a great defensive effort from top to bottom.
We have played quality opponents this season and that helped us prepare for Upstate’s offense. The guys didn’t see anything tonight they had not seen before. We were well prepared and even though we were facing the top scoring combo in the country, we didn’t do anything differently other than play, execute and be committed to a full game.
Now we have a quick turnaround for North Florida this weekend, so rest and recovery is the name of the game for us right now. To say there isn’t any extra motivation after the way they (UNF) ended our season last year on our own home field is completely false. I am sure our guys are already thinking about that game and can’t wait till Saturday.
But right now we are going to get on this bus and drive six hours back to Nashville. Probably the only thing I can say I am disappointed in tonight is that Coach (Garrett) McLaughlin forgot to bring any Redbox movies.”
The Bisons return home Saturday for a rematch of the 2014 A-Sun Championship semifinals, when the North Florida Ospreys visit the Lipscomb Soccer Complex for a 7:30 p.m. opening kick. UNF knocked off Lipscomb 3-0 to earn a trip to the A-Sun Finals after being outshot 16-5 and losing the corner-kick advantage 15-0.