NASHVILLLE, Tenn. – Losing is never fun. It is an even bigger letdown when a team loses on its home field. And it makes the situation even worse when the loss is in overtime.
Such was the case for the Lipscomb (2-2) men’s soccer team which took Mercer (4-1) to extra time on Thursday night before falling 1-0 at the Lipscomb soccer complex.
“To lose at home in overtime the way we did with sort of a mental lapse was really disappointing,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “I think the guys will take it extremely hard.
“They didn’t want to lose at home. And they felt like at the end of the day it was a game that was there for the taking.”
It was the first home loss of the season for the Bisons and the second in a row overall.
Seniors Max Poore and Conner Antley combined to score the goal for the Bears.
After 90 minutes of scoreless action in regulation, Antley placed a shot on frame which was saved by Lipscomb goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe. Poore then slotted in the rebound past Bledsoe to give Mercer the victory just over one minute into extra time.
“I thought for the most part we did a much better job managing this game than we did in our last outing which was good to see,” Morrow said. “We are still trying to get healthy.
“We are still trying to find a balance between playing conservatively and playing within ourselves and really sort of letting things hang out and getting after teams in the attack. It is a little bit of a process.”
The former Atlantic Sun rivals have now met 17 times and Mercer leads the series with a 12-3-2 record.
“We will regroup,” Morrow said. “We are excited about Tuesday’s matchup with Belmont. We are looking forward to seeing everybody out there.”
92’ – MERCER: Poore nets a rebound from Antley’s shot to give the Bears the extra-time victory.
- Mercer outshot Lipscomb 10-9 with a 6-3 shots-on-goal advantage.
- Goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe finished the night with five saves. He now has 10 on the season.
- Junior Kyle Smith and Freshman Javier Leija tied for the team lead with two shots.
- The Bisons are now 2-1 at home this season. They finished 4-3-1 at home in 2015.
- The Bears won the corner kick battle 8-4.
Lipscomb will take on Battle of the Boulevard rival Belmont at home on Tuesday with a kick-off time of 7 p.m.