|October 20, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||4:20||Alvarado, Ivan (McMahon, Kevin )|
|LIP||48:34||Paynter, Logan (Cedano, Anthony , Kerridge, Joe)|
|LIP||68:09||Vieira, Daniel (Alvarado, Ivan )|
|Stats at a Glance||UE||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (6)||12 (8)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team overcame a second half deficit to win a high-scoring matchup with Evansville, 4-2, Tuesday night in nonconference action at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Lipscomb improved to 5-8-1 overall while UE, riding an eight-match losing streak, fell to 2-11.
The Bisons, who were down 2-1 at halftime, came roaring back in the second half with three goals.
“I’m definitely happy with the result,” Lipscomb men’s soccer head coach Charles Morrow said.
Sophomore Ivan Alvarado got the Purple and Gold on the board early with a 30-yard strike off of an assist from junior Kevin McMahon.
Senior Nate Opperman and sophomore Desmond Dolphy scored successive close-range goals in the 13th and 19th minutes to give the Purple Aces a 2-1 lead before halftime.
“I was pretty disappointed to be down 2-1 at half,” Morrow said. “It really wasn’t indicative of the way we play. Aside from two really horrific mistakes, I felt like we played a pretty good first half.”
Freshman Logan Paynter netted his team-leading fifth goal of the year less than five minutes into the second half to tie the game up at two goals apiece. Sophomore Joe Kerridge sent in a ball off of a free kick to senior Anthony Cedano who headed the ball to Paynter for the goal.
In the 69th minute, Alvarado placed a set piece at junior Daniel Vieira’s feet to give Lipscomb a 3-2 lead.
“I thought they did a better job in the second half of playing with a little more urgency, and just playing simple and moving it in the attacking half,” Morrow said. “They stretched Evansville across the back by attacking the flanks, and it led to some goals.”
Junior Brandon Braumuller put the game away with a fast break score, his first of the year, in the game’s final moments giving the Bisons a 4-2 lead.
- Even though Lipscomb got the win, it still trails in the all-time series 3-2-2. That was the first win over the Purple Aces in Nashville (1-2-1).
- The four goals were a season-high for the Bisons.
- Alvarado’s goal was his third of the season, while Vieira’s was his second.
- Junior goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe notched four saves on the night.
- Lipscomb outshot Evansville 12-9, and had an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal.
UP NEXT: The Bisons close out the season with matchups against San Diego at home at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24, followed by a conference tilt with Stetson at 6:30 p.m. on Halloween.
“I’m looking forward to Saturday when we play San Diego,” Morrow said. “They’re typically an NCAA Tournament team, and I think it’s a good test for us as we prepare for the conference tournament.”