|October 05, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|MEM||39:23||MORSE, Jackson (FAHLING, Burke )|
|Stats at a Glance||MEM||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (8)||11 (7)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to the Memphis Tigers Wednesday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex in nonconference action. It is just Lipscomb’s second home loss of the season.
The Bisons fall to 5-5-1 overall and have now lost three of their last four matches. The win runs Memphis’ record to 6-4-1.
"I thought tonight was a tough pill to swallow," Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. "Coming off a tough stretch with a lot of games in a short period of time, I thought we played well and carried the match for a good portion of time. But I didn't think we created enough chances and the attacking third wasn't clicking like it normally is."
For most of the first half the Bison dominated possession with four shots and four corner kicks, but it was the Tigers who struck just before the break on a deflected ball inside the box.
"A lapse in focus led to the first goal," Morrow said. "We were knocking on the door and knocking on the door, but we just couldn't find one. I really thought that the goal in the first half was the difference in the game."
Things began to pick up late for the Lipscomb offense. Freshman Javier Leija nearly pulled the Bisons even when he took a pass from Ivan Alvarado in the corner and dribbled between multiple Tiger defenders before drilling a laser from the right wing toward the far post, but the Memphis keeper made a diving stop to come away with one of his game-high seven saves.
Lipscomb has now been shutout in its last two matches and has gone 247 consecutive minutes without a goal, the longest streak of the season.
"The guys are upset and frustrated," Morrow said. "They expect more of themselves. Soccer is a funny game. Sometimes you play well and things just don't go your way. I certainly felt like that was what took place tonight."
40’ – MEMPHIS – The Tigers’ Burke Fahling fired a shot towards the net, but after a deflection, the ball fell at the feet of an unmarked Jackson Morse who scored from 10 yards out.
89’ – MEMPHIS – Julio Vargas put the match on ice when he dribble through the defense and slotted a shot past the keeper into the right side of the net.
- Lipscomb is now 1-6 all-time against Memphis, including a 1-4 mark at home.
- The Bisons have gone winless in their last four matches where they have scored just twice.
- Logan Paynter, Ivan Sakou and Leija paced the Bisons with two shots apiece.
- Lipscomb won the corner kick battle 8-7 and outshot Memphis 11-10.
- Christopher Zappia made his second start of the season in net for the Bisons. He tied his career high with six saves.
The Bisons stay in Nashville to host USC Upstate in ASUN Conference action. The match is set to get under way at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"Looking forward to getting back into conference play at home this upcoming Saturday against Upstate," Morrow said. "It's a game that we feel is really important in terms of where we sit in conference play. It is most definitely a must-win situation for us, so we have to come in ready to play."