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Men's Soccer hosts UNF in A-Sun home opener Saturday
Friday, October 2, 2015
By Kirk Downs
Men's Soccer hosts UNF in A-Sun home opener Saturday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb Men’s Soccer is set to host North Florida in its Atlantic Sun Conference home opener Saturday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex at 7:30 p.m.

This weekend’s meeting will present a rematch of the 2014 A-Sun Tournament semifinals when the fourth-seeded Ospreys knocked off the top-seeded Bisons 3-0 to advance to a second straight championship game. Lipscomb controlled every facet of the game except where it mattered most – on the scoreboard.

All three Osprey goals came within the first 24 minutes of action. Lipscomb outshot UNF 16-5 and dominated the corner kicks 15-0.

Lipscomb (3-5-1, 1-0 A-Sun)
North Florida (4-5-0, 0-0 A-Sun)
Nashville, Tennessee | Lipscomb Soccer Complex 
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Wednesday’s 3-0 conference-opening win over USC Upstate was the third of the season and improved the Bisons to 3-5-1 overall. Redshirt senior Matt Kerridge got the scoring started in the 21st minute with a goal, his third of the year, off an assist from Anthony Cedano.

Redshirt freshman Logan Paynter extended the Lipscomb lead with his fourth goal of the year on a free kick from just outside the box.

In the 87th minute sophomore Eduardo Reza put the game away with his first career Lipscomb goal on a PK.

The Bisons outshot the Spartans 16-9, including 8-2 shots on frame. It was the third shutout of the season for the Bisons defense and the third straight season Lipscomb won its conference opener.

North Florida brings to Nashville a 4-5 overall record. Saturday will serve as its league opener. UNF has won two of its last three games, with the loss coming to No. 2/3 North Carolina, 2-1 last week in Chapel Hill.

The Ospreys have gotten goals from nine players, including five who have scored multiple goals. Milan Kovacs has a team high three scores. Simen Solstad has four of his team’s nine assists.

In August UNF was picked to finish second in the conference, just three points behind Florida Gulf Coast. It placed a league-high four players on the preseason all-conference team and swept the three big awards: Player of the Year - Helge Pietschmann (2 goals), Defensive Player of the Year – Jay Bolt (1 assist) and the Goalkeeper of the Year – Kyle Nasta (4-5, 24 saves, 2.41 goals against average and 822:46 minutes in net).

The all-time series between Lipscomb and North Florida is tied up at 5-5-1. In games in Nashville, Lipscomb is 2-3-1 versus the Ospreys since the series began in 2005.

Lipscomb won 1-0 last season in Jacksonville on a 56th minute goal from Reece Holcombe.  In 2013 the Bisons also took a 1-0 win over UNF in Nashville. UNF’s last win came 3-2 in double overtime in 2012.

Lipscomb stays at home for its third conference match in seven days when the Jacksonville Dolphins visit for a 7 p.m. match on Tuesday, Oct. 6.