|September 24, 2016||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|JU||79:02||ESCOBEDO, Alberto (FERREIRA, Igor , HOPKINS, Mitchell)|
|JU||101:45||FERREIRA, Igor (LIMA, Ivo )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||JU|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (5)||13 (8)|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After leading for the majority of the match, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team surrendered two late goals to drop a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Jacksonville in double overtime Saturday night at Southern Oak Stadium.
The Bisons (5-3, 1-1 ASUN) took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute on a penalty kick and seemed to be in cruise control. Jacksonville (4-5, 1-1), however, had other plans.
After being outshot 5-3 in the opening 90 minutes, the Dolphins began to turn up the pressure in the second half. The effort from keeper Micah Bledsoe kept the Bisons ahead throughout most of the half as he made a couple of nice diving stops.
“I thought we started great tonight,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “Once we went up. I thought we lost our sense of urgency to get another goal and finish the game.”
Through nearly 80 minutes of action the Lipscomb defense looked like it was on the way to a third-straight shutout. However, with 11 minutes remaining Jacksonville found an equalizer off a corner kick in a crowded box.
The goal ended a program-best streak of 579 consecutive minutes that Lipscomb had not allowed a score.
After playing into the second overtime tied at 1-1, the Dolphins found the game-winner less than two minutes after the ball dropped.
“Give credit to JU,” Morrow said. “It was apparent this was a game they really wanted and ultimately JU’s desire was the difference.
“We have to be better as coaches and players to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
The loss keeps Lipscomb from starting league play 2-0 for the first time in program history.
9’ – LIPSCOMB: The Bisons were awarded a foul in the box resulting in Ivan Alvarado stepping up and nailing a penalty kick. It was his first goal of the season.
80’ – JACKSONVILLE: Igor Ferreira flung the ball in the box on a corner kick where Alberto Escobedo took advantage of the crowded net and found a way to get the ball past the keeper for an equalizer.
102’ – JACKSONVILLE: The Dolphins played a perfect cross from the left sideline to the top of the 6-yard box where
- Lipscomb falls to 10-9 all-time against the Dolphins. The defeat halted a streak of five straight matches against JU that Lipscomb had won.
- Saturday’s match was the third overtime game of the season for the Bisons, tying the total for all of 2015. Lipscomb is 1-2 in those matches.
- JU outshot the Bisons 13-10, including an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal.
- Lipscomb did manage to win eight corner kicks, compared to just three from JU.
- Alvarado made his second consecutive start after coming off the bench in the previous four matches.
- His goal was the first since October 31, 2015 on the road at Stetson. He has scored four in each of his first two seasons in Nashville.
- The Bisons fall to 1-2 on the road this season.
- Bledsoe came away with a match-high six saves in the losing effort.
Lipscomb returns to the pitch Wednesday, September 28th when it travels to the Bluegrass State to take on the University of Kentucky in a 6 p.m. match on SEC Network+.