|October 22, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||11:26||SAKOU, Ivan (ALVARADO, Ivan )|
|LIP||37:56||CHAVEZ, Josue (KERRIDGE, Joe )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NJIT|
|Shots (on Goal)||19 (14)||5 (4)|
TEANECK, N.J. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team scored four first-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over the NJIT Highlanders Saturday night in ASUN Conference action.
“What a great first half and great defense from our guys,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “I thought we pressured and smothered them all night. The guys had great energy and I thought the results showed that.
“The second half was tough. We didn’t play poor by any means, but the flow of the game changed and it hurt us at times.”
In the first-ever meeting between the two programs, Lipscomb got production from all across the lineup to secure its first ASUN road win of the season. Four different players recorded goals while two more were credited with an assist.
After opening the scoring in the 12th minute off the foot of Ivan Sakou, the Bisons put the game out of reach later in the half when they combined to score three more goals in a span of 2:32.
The Purple and Gold defense kept the league’s fourth-best scoring offense off the board until the Highlanders were rewarded a penalty kick in the 74th tick.
Although seeding is still up in the air, the win does clinch a spot in the ASUN Championship for Lipscomb.
“It is awesome to come up here and get this result against a good NJIT team,” Morrow said. “The win lets us control our own destiny in terms of hosting the conference tournament.”
A win against No. 11 Florida Gulf Coast next weekend would solidify the Bisons as a top-2 seed and the right to host at least two tournament games in Nashville.
The Bisons improve to 8-5-1 overall and 3-2 in league play, while NJIT falls to 7-5-3 and 3-2.
Coach Morrow also showed his appreciation for the efforts of the NJIT staff when searching for a new plan in order to accommodate the harsh weather conditions in the area.
“NJIT was first class in terms of finding a new location and coming up with an alternate plan for our game,” Morrow said. “It cut into some of our sightseeing, but I can’t speak highly enough about NJIT’s administration and the work they did."
LIPSCOMB – Junior forward Ivan Sakou gave Lipscomb an early lead when he received a pass from Ivan Alvarado in the box and beat the keeper one-on-one in the 12th minute. The goal gives him five on the year, good enough for second on the team.
LIPSCOMB – In the 37th minute Eduardo Reza earned a SportsCenter Top 10 nomination when he curled in a free kick from 22 yards over the line and off the upper left post to double the lead at 2-0
LIPSCOMB – Senior Josue Chavez joined in on the action with a left-footed score in the 38th minute that just inched inside the right post and past the diving keeper after one-timing a pass from Joe Kerridge from the middle of the box.
LIPSCOMB – Lipscomb’s leading scorer Logan Paynter tacked on the final insurance tally just 38 seconds later when he stole a ball from the defender and slotted it in the net from 10 yards out – his eighth goal of the year.
NJIT – The Highlanders got on the board when Rickardo Oldham buried a penalty kick in the 74th minute.
- Lipscomb outshot NJIT 19-5, including a 14-4 advantage in shots on goal.
- The four goals match a season high that was first set against Belmont.
- Paynter’s goal moves him into a tie with Omar Djabi for fourth all-time in program history with 14 career scores.
- Chavez’s score gave him three on the season while Reza now has two.
- Senior keeper Micah Bledsoe turned away two shots while earning his eighth win of the season between the pipes. He needs just six saves the rest of the season to become the school’s all-time saves leader. He currently sits second behind Brent McGee (08-11) with 186.
- Alvarado’s assist was is the 15th of his career. That is second most all-time and only two behind Miguel DaSilva’s 17.
“Ivan Alvarado played really well tonight,” Morrow said. “He gave them fits all night.”
Lipscomb travels to Indiana Tuesday night to take on the University of Evansville in the final road match of the season. The Bisons and Aces will get started at 7 p.m.
“It was a good win against a quality team,” Morrow said. “We can use this as a stepping stone as we enter the last games of the season.
“I think we are playing really well right now and it is coming at the right time. I would rather be hot at the end of the year rather than the beginning.”