NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Men’s Soccer team went on the road and dropped a tough 1-0 decision Saturday night at Rudd Field to No. 13 Elon.
The game-deciding goal came off the foot of Elon senior midfielder James Brace in the 20th minute. The loss drops Lipscomb to 4-7-1 on the season while the Phoenix improve to 10-2.
Lipscomb came out in the second half and pushed the Elon back line looking for an equalizer.
Just minutes into the second half, the Bisons thought they had the game-tying goal when defender Cameron Botes headed a shot off a corner kick from Kyle Smith, but Elon’s Matthew Jegier stepped in front and cleaned it up.
The Bisons brought the house in the final six minutes of action, getting five shots and a corner from four different players, but were unable to sneak one in the net.
20' – ELON – Brace finished the eventual game-winner off a through ball from Amir Berkane. The goal was the fourth score of the season for Brace. The assist was the first of the year for Berkane.
- Elon improves to 2-0 in the all-time series after picking up a 3-2 win at the Lipscomb Invitational in 2012.
- The Bisons outshot the Phoenix 10-5 in the final 45 minutes to even the count 11 -11 for the match.
- Saturday’s loss marked the fifth shutout of the year for Lipscomb. It had three all of last season.
- Logan Paynter finished with three shot attempts to push his team-leading total to 29 for the year.
- Netminder Micah Bledsoe came up with five stops against the Phoenix. That is the most since a five-save effort on Sept. 18 against Georgia Southern.
- Elon held a slight 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- Lipscomb is now 1-3 in road games this season.
- Kyle Smith, Brandon Braumuller and Botes each recorded two shots.
- Freshmen Austin Strout and Trystan Innes were the only two to see action off the bench.
- Elon was called for 10 offside penalties compared to none for Lipscomb.
WHAT HEAD COACH CHARLES MORROW SAID
“First off, Elon is a very, very good group of players. They have a number of guys who are really dynamic individually and the can run. As for us, I don’t think we had anything right in the first half. In the second though I thought our guys responded well and did a better job of limiting their chances. It was just unfortunate that we didn’t find an equalizer. We are never happy with losing, but overall I thought the guys played well.
“Now we have to take the positives from tonight and get back at it on Monday and get focused for conference play. We have a huge match with Florida Gulf Coast and we need that game in terms of getting one of those top seeds in the tournament. Getting a bye in the tournament is one of our goals, so we need to go down to Florida and take care of business.”
Lipscomb will look to rebound next Saturday with a crucial Atlantic Sun Conference road match at Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles currently lead the conference after picking up one point Saturday night in a 0-0 draw with North Florida. The match is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff in Fort Myers. Lipscomb defeated FGCU 2-1 last season in Nashville, giving the Eagles their only league loss.