September 13, 20161st2ndFinal
Belmont022
Lipscomb224
Scoring
LIP11:02LEIJA, Javier (PAYNTER, Logan , CHAVEZ, Josue)
LIP12:41SAKOU, Ivan
BEL47:57BAILEY, Stephen (BORGEL, Sam )
LIP50:47VIEIRA, Daniel (CHAVEZ, Josue )
LIP82:48PAYNTER, Logan (BRAUMULLER, Brandon )
BEL86:59JONES, Elliot (CROGNALE, Eli )
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BELAKAR, Mertcan90:0048
LIPBLEDSOE, Micah90:0024
Stats at a GlanceBELLIP
Shots (on Goal)8 (6) 22 (12)
Saves84
Offsides22
Corner Kicks39
Fouls1412
Yellow Cards11
Bisons Soccer looking for payback in "Battle of the Boulevard"
Monday, September 12, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Bisons Soccer looking for payback in

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After disappointing losses in its previous two matches, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team has a chance to reverse the trend Tuesday night when Belmont invades the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

Not only would a victory over the rival Bruins in the “Battle of the Boulevard” put the home-standing Bisons back on track, it would also remove a chip off their shoulders by serving up some payback after last year’s loss to Belmont in the season opener.

The Bruins’ Rashad Hyacenth doused any hope for Lipscomb with a goal in each half to claim a 2-0 season-opening victory for BU in front of a record crowd at E.S. Rose Park.

Lipscomb entered the 2015 matchup having not lost to Belmont in nine consecutive matches dating back to 2006, compiling a 7-0-2 record in the process.

Sophomore Logan Paynter will be in charge of guiding the Lipscomb attack. The Bradenton, Florida native has been electric from his forward position early on this season, pacing the team with four goals and nine points.

Junior transfer Ivan Sakou is second on the team with three points after tallying a goal and an assist. Juniors Kyle Smith and Scout Monteith have the only others goals for the Bisons with one each.

Tuesday’s match is scheduled to kick off at 7.

There will be live stats available for those unable to attend. However, if you do happen to find your way to the hill there will be free pizza awaiting those in attendance.

 

LAST TIME OUT:

The Bisons are coming off a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss to Mercer last Thursday. After the teams played a scoreless 90 minutes, the Bears were able find the net after punching in a ball off a rebounded save just 69 seconds into extra time.

Mercer outshot Lipscomb 10-9 overall and 6-3 in shots on goal. Javier Leija and Kyle Smith led the Bisons with two shots each. The loss marked the first time this season Lipscomb did not score.

 

SCOUTING BELMONT (1-3-1):

Head Coach Bryan Green enters his third season at the helm of the Belmont program where he has compiled an 8-31-3 overall record, including a 2-17-1 mark on the road.

The Bruins opened the season with a 2-2 draw against Western Illinois and a 2-1 victory over Florida Atlantic in the Lipscomb/Belmont Challenge, but once the calendar flipped to September the results have not been as kind.

Belmont has since dropped three straight matches to Memphis, Dayton and Cleveland State by a combined score of 8-2.

The Bruins opened Horizon League play with a 2-1 defeat at home to CSU on Saturday.

Lipscomb will face a stiff test in net, statistically, as the Bruins’ freshman goalkeeper Mertcan Akar is tops in the nation with 45 saves and 9.00 saves per game. Through the first five games of his career, Akar has allowed 11 goals, an average of 2.20 per contest.

Belmont is averaging 1.20 goals per game and has posted a .418 shots-on-goal percentage after placing 23 of its 55 shots on frame.

Five different players have scored for the Bruins this season while sophomore midfielder Dennis Kluba paces the squad with two goals. Senior Nat Hubert has added a goal and the lone assist of the campaign for BU.

 

QUICK KICKS:

  • Lipscomb leads the all-time series 7-6-2, including a 3-2-1 advantage at home.
  • Paynter’s four scores rank him eighth in the nation in scoring while his nine points are 13th
  • He enters Tuesday with 10 career goals in only 21 games, placing him second on the ASUN’s active career scoring chart.
  • With two clean sheets this season, senior keeper Micah Bledsoe finds himself just outside the top-10 of the ASUN career shutouts list. He sits 11th with 12.
  • After missing the first two matches of the season, junior Ivan Alvarado has come off the bench in a limited role the last two games. He played 27 minutes at Georgia State and 39 against Mercer.
  • Alvarado is the ASUN’s active career leader in assists with 12. He is tied with FGCU’s Albert Ruiz as the league’s active career leaders in points at 28, while his eight career goals are sixth most.
  • Seven different players have recorded an assist for Lipscomb this season. That is tops in the conference, just ahead of FGCU with six.
  • The Bisons have outshot their opponent 42-32 on the year, including 21-15 in shots on target and in corner kicks.

 

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb heads north on Saturday for its second road match of the season when the Bisons take on SIU-Edwardsville at 7 p.m.