|October 31, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||63:02||Paynter, Logan (Alvarado, Ivan )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||STET|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (9)||7 (3)|
DELAND, Fla. – Lipscomb Men’s Soccer head coach Charles Morrow picked up his 100th career victory Saturday night when his Bisons knocked off Stetson, 3-0, in the regular season finale at the Athletic Training Center.
“More than anything, when I look back at 100 wins, I just think about how fortunate I have been to be around some great people,” Morrow said. “Everyone, ranging from assistant coaches to my players at Belmont Abbey and at Lipscomb, have played just a big a role in this milestone. They all believed in the program and the work we were putting in.
“What has been more important to me than anything during this time is my wife, Beth. It is needless to say that I could not do this without her. She plays such a huge roll in terms of being able to manage our family and also playing a role like an assistant coach. She is someone I can always talk to. It goes without saying that she has been awesome and I am lucky to have her.”
The win clinches the No. 3 seed for the Bisons in next week’s Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. They will now head to Jacksonville next weekend to face No. 2 North Florida. A game time has yet to be determined.
Lipscomb will make its ninth-consecutive appearance in the A-Sun Tournament, the longest-active streak in the league.
Stetson (5-9-2, 0-4-1
64' – LIPSCOMB – Redshirt freshman Logan Paynter found the net for his team-leading sixth goal of the season at 63:02. Paynter connected on the bounce after Ivan Alvarado lobbed it into the box.
73' – LIPSCOMB – Sophomore defender Kyle Smith stole a Stetson pass and slotted the ball past the Hatters keeper to make it 2-0. The goal was the first of his career.
78' – LIPSCOMB – Alvarado solidified the win for Lipscomb when a bouncing ball landed at his feet and the sophomore placed it in the back of the net for his fourth goal of the year.
• Saturday’s matchup was the 14th meeting in the all-time series between the schools, dating back to 2003. Although the Hatters lead the series 8-3-2, it is the Bisons who have won two of the last three meetings.
• Lipscomb has also won its last two matches in DeLand after losing its previous five.
• The Bisons outshot the Hatters 15-7, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on target.
• Stetson held a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.
• Alvarado’s assist was his fourth of the season, a team best. He finished last season with eight.
• Alvarado now has two goals and three assists in his last three games played. He has a goal and an assist in two of the three.
• The three-goal output in the second half marks the second time in the last three games the Bisons have achieved that feat.
• Paynter attempted a game-high three shots. He put all three on target.
• Junior keeper Micah Bledsoe picked up his third clean sheet of the season. He finished the contest with three saves to give him 55 on the year.
• The nine shots on target ties a season high, accomplished on Aug. 30 against Easter Illinois and Sept. 18 versus Georgia Southern.
• The three goals tie a season high on the road. The only other time came in the conference opener at USC Upstate.
• Sophomore Anthony Bellini played three minutes, his first action of the year. Shpend Rexhepi also saw three minutes on the field, his first match since Oct. 3 against North Florida.
WHAT HEAD COACH CHARLES MORROW SAID
"It was a good game all around for us. We were unfortunate to not be up in the first half, but I thought our guys put together an impressive performance in the final 45 minutes and took care of business by putting some distance between us and Upstate, who finishes as the fourth seed.
We were able to get some of our attacking pieces back, so this I probably the healthiest and deepest we have been all season. It could not have come at a better time with the conference tournament being next week.
I think we are all looking forward to getting another chance to play North Florida. Earlier this season when we played them, we just finished a game at Upstate and made the travel to play two days later. I felt like our guys had heavy legs. We also lost Ivan, which is arguably the best player in the conference. Look forward to that rematch.
Kyle did good work to apply pressure and win the ball. He found himself one-on-one, beat the guy and put it in net. Personally I felt that Daniel Vieira was the man of the match for us, even though we had some other guys perform well offensively. The work he put in defensively and in the midfield was outstanding.
To win 20 games at Belmont Abbey was special for me, but being able to win 80 games at the Division I level is special. It is a highly competitive environment and a lot of coaches don’t last as long as I have.”
Lipscomb will now head to Jacksonville to take on No. 2 North Florida next weekend in the A-Sun Championship. A start time has not yet been determined. The Ospreys clinched a share of the regular season championship with Florida Gulf Coast, but because of a goal-differential tiebreaker, the Eagles get the No. 1 seed.
UNF came to Nashville a year ago as the No. 4 in the tournament and knocked off the top-seeded Bisons on their home field. Lipscomb will try and return the favor on Saturday, November 7.