|October 24, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|USD||11:58||Turner, Michael (Dearmas, Torrey )|
|LIP||27:14||McMahon, Kevin (Alvarado, Ivan )|
|USD||53:08||Price, Parker (Budniewski, Eric )|
|USD||55:38||Smith, Keegan (Merlo, Jose )|
|Stats at a Glance||USD||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (5)||6 (5)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Men's Soccer team fell, 3-1, to the San Diego Toreros Saturday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex in a nonconference match that served as Senior Night for the Bisons.
With the loss, the Bisons fall to 5-9-1 overall, and have now lost three of their last four matches. The win runs San Diego’s win streak to four and improves to 8-4-2 on the year.
Before the match in a short ceremony, the Bisons bade farewell to four teammates: Anthony Cedano, Matt Kerridge, Reece Holcombe and Kevin McMahon.
“I really appreciate the work and time those four seniors have put in,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “I hope that at the end of their four years the can take pride in their contribution in growing the program and that we can send them out the right way with some wins in the tournament.”
The quartet helped guide Lipscomb to 37 wins and an Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Championship during their time in Purple and Gold.
12' – SAN DIEGO – Michael Turner put the Toreros on top early after taking a feed from Torrey DeArmas in the right side of the box and firing a shot into the left side of the net.
28' – LIPSCOMB – Playing in the final home game of his career, forward Kevin McMahon put Lipscomb back on even terms with a header from five yards out. Sophomore Ivan Alvarado set the equalizer with a perfectly placed cross from outside the left edge of the box
54' – SAN DIEGO – Parker Price found himself on the end of a deflected corner kick in a crowded box and knocked in the game-winner for USD. Eric Budniewski was credited with the assist.
56' – SAN DIEGO – A little more than two minutes later, Keegan Smith put the game out of reach when he rocketed a shot from the top right corner of the box past the goalkeeper to double USD’s lead. Jose Merlo sent the pass in to Smith from the right sideline.
- Saturday’s meeting was the first between the two schools.
- Although both teams put five shots on target, he Toreros outshot Lipscomb 11-6 overall, and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
- McMahon’s goal was his third of the season.
- Alvarado is now tied for the team lead with three assists. He and McMahon are tied for second on the squad with nine total points.
- Alvarado and McMahon finished with a team-high two shot attempts.
- Logan Paynter, the team’s leading shot taker, finished the match without an attempt.
- Junior keeper Micah Bledsoe scooped up two saves in the defeat.
- 17 of the 28 goals allowed by Lipscomb this season have come in the second half or later.
- Lipscomb falls to 4-3-1 at home this season.
WHAT HEAD COACH CHARLES MORROW SAID
“Every game is important and our mindset coming in was to get a victory, not just a moral victory. San Diego is a good team and they provided a good test for our guys. They are a team we feel like we should be able to compete with and beat more times than not, if we are being honest.
This match does prepare us for the conference tournament and hopefully prepare us for the NCAA tournament.
We had some good moments, but ultimately we felt San Diego came out with a tremendous work rate and we couldn’t keep up. Early on in the second half, I felt like we got away from our game plan and they did a good job of keeping us one sided. It is a good learning moment for our guys and it will hopefully prepare us for down the road.”
Lipscomb goes on the road for its final regular season matchup of 2015. The Bisons travel to Stetson on Halloween for an important tilt that will determine seeding in the conference tournament. The match is set to get underway at 6:30 p.m.