|October 01, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|UNF||5:52||ROSALES, Andrey (BOLT, Jay )|
|UNF||11:10||ROSALES, Andrey (KOVACS, Milan )|
|UNF||85:19||KOVACS, Milan (CONNELL, Mikey )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UNF|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (6)||8 (5)|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team will get back into ASUN Conference play on Saturday when it travels to square off with North Florida at 6 p.m. inside Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.
The meeting will present a rematch of the 2015 ASUN Tournament semifinals when the second-seeded Ospreys knocked off the third-seeded Bisons 2-1 in double overtime in Jacksonville to advance to a third-straight championship game where they captured the program’s first-ever title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The match will be broadcasted live on ASUNTV and will also have live stats available.
LAST TIME OUT:
Lipscomb took a break from league play on Wednesday to go on the road and take on No. 20 Kentucky in Lexington. After Josue Chavez put the Bisons on top in the 23rd minute with a highlight-reel strike, the Wildcats roared back in the second half with an equalizer off a corner kick.
After neither team could find the back of the net in extra time, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
North Florida enters the ASUN opener 4-3-1 on the year after dropping three of its last four games. Wednesday’s match will be the first time the Ospreys have played at home since September 9th. The four-game road trip included stops at No. 8 Denver, USF, UCF and Georgia Southern. The only victory was a 2-1 decision at UCF.
UNF is unbeaten in its last 10 matches at Hodges Stadium, including a 2-0-1 mark this season.
The Ospreys have gotten goals from seven players, including three who have scored multiple times. Senior Milan Kovacs has a team high four scores. Josh Castellanos and Micah Smoak are just behind with three each as the trio has combined for 10 of the team’s 14 goals this season. Four players lead the team with two assists each.
Juanes Fajardo and Tord Pedersen have split time in net this season, playing eight and seven matches respectively. Fajardo holds a 0.89 goals against average while Pedersen is giving up 2.15. The duo has combined to stop 22 balls and allow 12 goals with no shutouts.
Early in August the league’s coaches picked UNF to finish second in the ASUN, just four votes behind FGCU and four votes ahead of Lipscomb. Castellanos, along with defender Jay Bolt and midfielder Ivan Castro were named to the preseason all-conference squad.
The Ospreys have beaten the Bisons in each of the last three matchups to own a 7-5-1 advantage in the all-time series. However, Lipscomb has won three of the last four regular season meetings in Jacksonville.
- Lipscomb is 1-2-1 in road games this season, including a loss in conference play at Jacksonville.
- The Bisons are averaging 2.40 goals per game at home compared to just 1.00 on the road this season.
- Redshirt sophomore Logan Paynter leads the Bisons with five goals and 12 points. He ranks 35th nationally in goals and 40th in points.
- Ivan Sakou (3) and Chavez (2) are the only other Bisons with multiple goals.
- Junior Ivan Alvarado currently sits atop the ASUN active career assist leaders chart with 12. No other league player has more than eight. Alvarado is also second in career points (30).
- Chavez (25) and Paynter (24) sit tied for fourth and sixth on the career points chart, respectively.
- Paynter is second on the active career goals lead with 11, while Chavez and Alvarado are each tied for sixth with nine scores.
- Bledsoe moved into a tie for 10th on the all-time career shutout list in ASUN history after posting a clean sheet against Stetson last week. He currently has 14 for his career, including four this season.
- 10 different players have recorded assists for Lipscomb in 2016.
- The purple and gold own the best goals against average in the ASUN entering the weekend. The defense boasts a 1.08 GAA, led by reigning ASUN Defensive Player of the Week, goalie Micah Bledsoe, who has played eight of the nine matches in net.
- UNF ranks third in the conference in goals scored with 14.
- All four of the Ospreys conference regular season wins a season ago were shutout victories. They conceded only one goal to league opponents in the regular season while scoring nine on the offensive end.
The Bisons return home after a three-game road swing to host Memphis on Wednesday October 5th at 7 p.m. It will be the first of three consecutive matches at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.