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Championship seeding on the line at Stetson for Men's Soccer
Friday, October 30, 2015
By Kirk Downs
Championship seeding on the line at Stetson for Men's Soccer

DELAND, FLA. – The Lipscomb Men’s Soccer team travels to Stetson Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. match and it will be looking for more than just a win. Seeding for the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament will be on the line.

Entering the weekend, the Bisons stand No. 3 in the league standings. All that is needed to remain third is a Lipscomb win or draw. The other scenario would be for USC Upstate to lose or draw with North Florida.

If Lipscomb falls Saturday, coupled with an Upstate win, the Bisons would drop to the No. 4 seed.

The Bisons are led offensively by Logan Paynter’s five goals. Matt Kerridge is just behind with four.  Ivan Alvarado, Kevin McMahon and Anthony Cedano are tied for the team lead in assists with three.

Lipscomb (5-9-1, 2-2-0)
Stetson (5-8-2, 0-3-1)
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Last Saturday the Bisons hosted San Diego on senior night. After playing to 1-1 at the half, USD scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second period to put the game away and head back home with a 3-1 victory.

After being honored in a ceremony before the match, senior forward Kevin McMahon headed in his third goal of the season in the 28th minute off a perfectly-placed cross from sophomore Ivan Alvarado.

The loss ended Lipscomb’s homestand at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex, where it finished 4-3-1 this season.

The Hatters enter Saturday in a must-win situation. They are currently on the outside looking in for the A-Sun Tournament with one total point in league play. If Stetson wants to keep its season alive, a win against Lipscomb is necessary. Anything else and its season is over.

Before knocking off St. Leo, 3-1, on Monday Stetson had been winless in its previous five matches.

Senior midfielder Lucas Diniz paces a Hatters attack with nine goals and 19 total points, both rank second in the A-Sun. The rest of the team has combined to score just six goals. The 15 team goals scored are the fewest in the league.

Trent Austin is Stetson’s top assist man with two.  

Lipscomb and Stetson hold the top two spots in the A-Sun in corner kicks, with 75 and 74, respectively.

Paul Ladwig has started all 15 matches in net for the Hatters and has three shutouts to his name.  He leads the conference with 61 saves and ranks second in save percentage (.763) and goals against average (1.22). His 19 goals allowed are the fourth fewest in the A-Sun.

The match will be the 13th meeting in the all-time series between the two schools, dating back to 2003. The Hatters  hold an 8-2-2 advantage against the Bisons. However, Lipscomb knocked off Stetson 1-0 in its last trip to DeLand.

Lipscomb ‘s next match will be in the conference championship. If the Bisons hold on to the No. 3 seed, then they will face  the No. 2 seed, which will either be Florida Gulf Coast of North Florida. That game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 7 at a time to be determined.

If it drops to No. 4, then a first-round match will be played on Friday, November 6 against the No. 5 team. The winner of that game will get the No. 1 seed on November 8. Times will be determined at a later date.