|October 29, 2016||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|FGCU||40:25||MARRIOTT, Kamar (PEREZ, Miguel )|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (8)||16 (8)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Saturday the Lipscomb men’s soccer team will enter senior night and the final match of the 2016 regular season looking to fight two battles. While hosting No. 20 Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. in ASUN Conference action, the Bisons are also sponsoring the seventh annual Coaches vs. Cancer Match at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
All gate proceeds will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society to help fund their fight against cancer. Also fans in attendance can buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a framed Lipscomb soccer jersey at halftime.
In a pregame ceremony the Bisons will honor seniors Troy Barr, Micah Bledsoe, Josue Chavez, Shpend Rexhepi and Daniel Vieira.
With a victory over FGCU the Bisons (9-5-1, 3-2 ASUN) would clinch the No. 2 seed in next week’s conference tournament and earn the right to host the first two rounds. Lipscomb will be making a 10th-consecutive trip to the conference tournament, which is the longest active streak in the league.
The match will have live stats and a live video stream on ASUNTV.
LAST TIME OUT:
Lipscomb travelled to Evansville on Tuesday for the final road match of the season and it came away with a 2-1 victory.
Logan Paynter scored in the sixth minute to grab an early lead before Malik Shaheed added the eventual game-winner on a PK just before halftime. From there the defense held on strong to give the Bisons their longest win streak of the season at four matches.
The 20th-ranked Eagles come to the Music City sporting a 12-3-1 overall record and a 4-1 mark in conference play.
Last week FGCU held the nations longest win streak at 10 games, but that ride came to a halt when North Florida ventured into the Eagle’s nest and escaped with a 3-2 victory to give FGCU its first home regular-season ASUN loss in nearly eight years, snapping a 29-game unbeaten streak (26-0-3) that dated back to 2008.
Since the defeat, the Eagles have responded with back-to-back ASUN wins against USC Upstate and Jacksonville.
The main ingredient in FGCU’s success this season has been the offense. The Eagles are firing off an average of 15.88 shots per game and currently lead the nation in total goals (51), goals per game (3.19), total points (143) and points per game (8.94). No other team in the country has scored more than 39 goals.
They also rank third nationally with 41 assists and are averaging 2.56 helpers per outing.
The high-octane Eagles offense is paced by one of the most lethal duos in the nation in forwards Albert Ruiz and Arion Sobers-Assue. The tandem represents the top two goal scorers and assist men in the ASUN, having combined for 28 goals and 12 helpers.
Ruiz, the program’s all-time leading scorer, currently leads the nation in goals (17), goals per match (1.13), total points (39) and points per match (2.60). The junior has scored in 11 of 15 games played with four multi-goal games and five assists to his credit and is the clear favorite to win the league’s player of the year honor.
Not far behind Ruiz is Sobers-Assue. The sophomore sits seventh in the nation in scoring with 11 goals and ranks 16th in assists with seven. He also stands sixth in total points (29), seventh in points per match (1.81) and 14th in goals per match (0.69).
The dynamic duo has combined to bring home four ASUN Player of the Week honors this season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sawyer Jackman leads the way in net for the Eagles with a 9-1-1 record and two clean sheets, but has not seen any action in the last two matches. The netminder has allowed 17 goals and pulled in 44 saves while facing 165 shots on the season.
- Although Lipscomb trails 7-3 in the all-time series with FGCU, the Bisons have won two straight over the Eagles in Nashville – a 2-1 decision in 2014 and a 3-1 victory in 2012.
- The Bisons are averaging 6.33 shots on goal per match, the 29thbest total in the nation.
- Paynter leads the team and ranks 22nd in the country with nine goals. He ranks third in the ASUN in both goals and points (21).
- Paynter is looking to become the fourth player in program history to score double-digit goals in a single season. Garret Pettis holds the top mark with 12 in 2008.
- In only 32 career matches Paynter now has 15 goals, tying him with Luke Gearin for the third-most in program history.
- With nine wins between the pipes senior keeper Micah Bledsoe is now just one victory shy of tying Nate Davis (2014) for the most wins in a single season in program history.
- Bledsoe (189) needs just three saves to become the school’s all-time saves leader. Brent McGee (2008-11) is the current record holder with 191.
- Bledsoe’s 1.12 GAA ranks third in the ASUN this season while his 41 saves and .732 save percentage are fourth most.
- Ivan Sakou is second on the team with five goals and 13 total points.
- Sakou, Paynter and Chavez are all tied for the team lead with three assists.
- 10 different players have scored a goal and recorded an assist for Lipscomb this season.
- FGCU dropped its first two road matches of the season, but has since reeled off six straight victories away from its home turf.
- Saturday’s match will give the friends and family of FGCU striker Shak Adams a shorter distance to travel than normal to watch the freshman. A native of Antioch, Tennessee, Adams returns to his home state with four goals in tow.
Lipscomb’s next match will be in the conference championship as either the No. 2, No. 3 or the No. 4 seed. With a win against the Eagles the Bisons will lock up the second seed, earning a bye into the semifinals and the right to host two matches in Nashville.
A draw with FGCU will give Lipscomb the No. 3 seed and a date with No. 6 on Friday, November 4th. The winner would face the No. 2 seed on Nov. 6.
With a loss Saturday, the Bisons would earn the fourth seed and a match against the fifth seed also on Nov. 4. The winner would face the top seed on Sunday, Nov. 6.