October 08, 20161st2ndFinal
Upstate101
Lipscomb022
Scoring
UPST15:08BUNTING, Joel
LIP64:30PAYNTER, Logan (SAKOU, Ivan , ALVARADO, Ivan)
LIP88:53PAYNTER, Logan (ALVARADO, Ivan )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
UPSTSMITH, Davis62:2604
UPSTRESTREPO, Santiago27:3422
LIPBLEDSOE, Micah90:0012
Stats at a GlanceUPSTLIP
Shots (on Goal)7 (3) 14 (8)
Saves62
Offsides13
Corner Kicks612
Fouls1512
Yellow Cards22
Paynter strikes twice to lift men's soccer over Upstate
Saturday, October 8, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Paynter strikes twice to lift men's soccer over Upstate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Under the lights at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex the Bisons soccer team fell behind early, but dug deep to find two second-half goals and survive their ASUN Conference match 2-1 against USC Upstate Saturday night in the Music City.

The win improves Lipscomb’s record to 6-5-1 overall and 2-2 in league play while Upstate falls to 3-7-0 and 1-2.

“We felt like coming into tonight that this was a must win, especially after dropping the last two conference matches on the road,” head coach Charles Morrow said. “So it was really important to get a result in this one.

“That early goal we gave up was really deflating,” Morrow said. “But the way the guys fought back was really impressive. I am proud of their resiliency.”

The Bisons entered the match on a season high four-game winless streak and found themselves in familiar territory early when the Spartans scored just after the 15-minute mark to put Upstate on top 1-0, where the score held into the break.

A tame first half from the home side eventually gave way to a relentless offensive attack from the Bisons in the final 45 minutes of action as they were in search of an equalizer.

Logan Paynter started his sophomore campaign on fire with goals in four of his first five matches, but had since cooled off and entered Saturday’s match without a point in his last five played.

As Lipscomb’s leading scorer, Paynter showed up when his team needed him most. The forward out of Bradenton, Florida pulled the match even with a goal in the 65th minute before adding the game-winner in the 89th.

“The last couple games I thought we played well, but things just didn’t go our way,” Paynter said. “So it was good to get this win and get back on track. The first half wasn’t where we wanted it to be, but we fought so hard in the second half to get two great goals and get back in the match.”

From there the Bisons defense stood tall and secured a much-needed three points for the Purple and Gold while improving to 5-2 at home.

 

SCORING:

16’ – UPSTATE: Joel Bunting scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season to give the Spartans the early lead. He received a

65’ – LIPSCCOMB: After winning a corner kick, freshman Javier Leija curled the ball towards the net where Ivan Alvarado and Ivan Sakou flicked the ball at the near post and Paynter found himself all alone from two yards out and punched it into the net. 

89’ – LIPSCOMB: Paynter came through once again when he went one-on-one with the keeper after receiving a beautifully lobbed pass from Alvarado at the top of the box. The sophomore kicked it past a diving Santiago Restrepo and just inside the left post to bring him teammates off the bench and into a dogpile in the corner of the pitch with 1:07 remaining.

It marks his second multi-goal game of the season and the third of his career.

 

QUICK KICKS:

  • Lipscomb leads the all-time series 8-3 and has now won four straight over the Spartans.
  • Paynter’s scores were his sixth and seventh of the season, giving him a career high. He scored six as a freshman in 2015. He also paces the team and ranks third in the ASUN with 16 points.
  • Paynter’s seven goals are the most by a Bison in a single season since Matt Kerridge (7) and Luke Gearin (8) in 2014.
  • The 12 corner kicks are a season high for Lipscomb and are the most since attempting 15 against North Florida in the semifinals of the conference tournament in 2014.
  • Sakou picked up his third assist of the season. He is second on the squad with nine points.
  • Alvarado notched his first two assists of the season in the win. He now has 14 helpers for his career, six more than any active player in the ASUN. He finished with eight as freshman and added four more in 2015.
  • The Bisons outshot Upstate 14-7, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on target.
  • Micah Bledsoe notched two saves in net for the Bisons. He improved to 5-3 on the year.
  • Austin Strout made his second appearance of the season in the match.
  • Freshman Javier Leija placed two of his three shots on target.

 

UP NEXT:

The Bisons get back on the pitch Tuesday night when they host UAB in a 5 p.m. match. Parking will be limited with the Dove Awards taking place on campus, so plan to arrive early.