|November 03, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||26:01||PAYNTER, Logan (EAGER, Austin )|
|LIP||31:13||SAKOU, Ivan (ALVARADO, Ivan )|
|Stats at a Glance||STET||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (3)||23 (9)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the fifth straight year and the eighth time in the last 10 seasons, the Lipscomb Men’s Soccer team will play in the semifinals of the ASUN Championship.
The Bisons ran over and around the undermanned sixth-seeded Stetson Hatters, 3-0, in the opening match of the conference tournament Thursday night in Fort Myers, Florida.
The win sets up a showdown with No. 2 Florida Gulf Coast in the ASUN semis Saturday at 6 p.m.
"I am really happy for all the guys, this was a total team effort," Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. "I thought we did a good job of controlling the game after we took the lead. We also were able to give some guys a little rest, that was big. Now we look forward to getting back out and having another shot at FGCU on Saturday."
From the opening kickoff it was clear the night belonged to the Purple and Gold, outshooting Stetson 23-6.
First and Second Team All-ASUN selections Logan Paynter and Ivan Sakou put the Bisons on top 2-0 with a goal each in the opening 45 minutes of action. The Hatters looked to respond in the second half, but the Bisons doused any hopes of a comeback when first teamer Joe Kerridge continued his hot streak with a dagger 11 minutes in.
Sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Zappia picked up the first win and first clean sheet of his career Thursday after collecting three saves in the match. The shutout is the sixth of the season for the Bisons.
Stetson’s Paul Ladwig, the ASUN Goalkeeper of the Year, scooped up five saves in the losing effort and has now allowed a league-high 30 goals on the year.
The win improved Lipscomb to 10-5-2, making 2016 the second best season in program history in terms of victories. The 2014 squad set the standard with 12 wins.
Stetson ends its season at 4-10-2.
27’- LIPSCOMB: All-Freshman selection Austin Eager received a pass on the outside of the 18-yard box and made a run towards the end line, drawing the keeper towards the near post. Eager then rolled the ball back across the box to an unmarked Paynter who planted the ball in the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season.
His 10 goals are tied for the second most in a single season in program history, two behind Garret Pettis’ 12 in 2008.
32’ – LIPSCOMB: The Bisons struck again only five minutes later when Sakou and Ivan Alvarado played a little give-and-go at the top of the box before Sakou split two defenders and struck a shot under the diving effort of Ladwig.
57’ – LIPSCOMB: In a one-on-one situation out wide, Joe Kerridge cut into the box and fired a shot from near post that deflected off the keeper’s foot and into the left side of the net for his second goal in as many games.
- The win is the first in postseason play since 2013 for the Bisons. Coincidentally it was also at the FGCU Soccer Complex as the No. 3 seed when they knocked off No. 6 Jacksonville 1-0.
- Lipscomb improves to 5-0-1 in its last six matches.
- The win is the third straight for Lipscomb in the series and the fourth in the last five meetings. Stetson leads the all-time series 8-5-2.
- Paynter now leads the team with 23 points. That is tied with Garret Pettis’ 2011 total for third most in a single season in school history.
- His 16 career goals move Paynter into third on the all-time scoring leaders chart in Bisons soccer history. Miguel DaSilva (32) is first and Pettis (30) is second.
- Sakou’s goal was his sixth of the season, the second most on the squad. The Bisons are 6-0 this season when he scores.
- Paynter and Sakou are now the ASUN’s second-leading scoring duo at 16 combined goals. They will face the most lethal combo of Albert Ruiz and Arion Sobers-Assue, 28 combined scores, on Saturday.
- Kerridge now has goals in back-to-back matches after not having previously scored in his three-year career.
- Alvarado’s assist was his team-leading fourth of the season, while Eager’s was his third.
- Alvarado, the league’s active career assist leader with 16, has now notched at least four assists in all three of his seasons in Nashville.
- 19 different players saw action for the Bisons in the win while 12 of them were credited with a shot attempt.
The Bisons will now take on No. 2 FGCU in a 6 p.m. semifinal match Saturday.