EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Junior Ivan Sakou scored with just over one minute remaining in double overtime to give the Lipscomb men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over SIU-Edwardsville Saturday night at Korte Stadium.
The VCU transfer found himself in the perfect position as the Cougars tried to clear a ball off the line, but instead, it struck off Sakou’s chest and rolled into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.
“This was a great, gritty win by our guys,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “Because of the field and the way SIUE played, it was a tough game to get any kind of attacking rhythm.
“In addition, both teams struggled to figure out what the refs were doing which made the game frantic. The guys did a fantastic job of battling and eventually found a way to win in the end.”
The purple and gold nearly went on top early in the second half when forward Josue Chavez slotted a ball past the Cougars keeper, but a foul just before the shot negated the score and kept Lipscomb off the board.
Lipscomb moved to 4-2 on the season with the win, while SIUE fell to 1-3-2.
109’ – LIPSCOMB: The Bisons won their eighth corner kick of the night as the clock ticked under 1:30 to play. Junior Kyle Smith stepped up and flung the ball in the box where a Bison jumped and headed it towards the net and after a second touch the ball bounced to a SIUE defender on the goal line. The Cougar tried to clear it out, but Sakou was in the right place as the ball bounced off his chest and into the net.
- The Bisons and Cougars are now 1-1 in the all-time series. SIUE downed Lipscomb 3-2 at home back in 2011.
- Saturday’s match marked the first win of the season for Lipscomb when being outshot (11-7).
- With three shots in the game Daniel Vieira was the only Bison with multiple attempts.
- Sakou is second on the team with three goals and seven total points, trailing Logan Paynter in both.
- Senior goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe made six saves and earned his 13th career shutout in the process, just one shy of breaking into the top-10 in ASUN history. It was his third clean sheet of the season.
- The Bisons held an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.
- It was the second overtime match of the season for Lipscomb. The Bisons previously went to extra time with Mercer in Nashville.
The Bisons return to the Music City to host Stetson in their ASUN opener on Wednesday, September 21st. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start.