|November 05, 2016||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|FGCU||34:50||RUIZ, Albert (SOBERS-ASSUE, Arion , ZAPATA, Dennis)|
|FGCU||60:59||RUIZ, Albert (ZAPATA, Dennis )|
|LIP||62:11||BOTES, Cameron (PAYNTER, Logan )|
|FGCU||100:46||MOHSIN, Rielee (GAVIN, Justin )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (8)||16 (7)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the second-straight season the Lipscomb men’s soccer team suffers heartbreak in the second overtime of the ASUN Semifinals as No. 2 Florida Gulf Coast escapes the match with a 3-2 victory Saturday night at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
After trading goals in each of the first two halves in regulation, the Eagles struck less than a minute into the second overtime when Rielle Mohsin planted a header into an open net for the game winner.
The loss continues the postseason headache for the Lipscomb program, as it has now fallen in the semifinals of the conference tournament eight times in the last 10 seasons.
With the match tied at 2-2 and less than 10 minutes to play the Bisons had the Eagles on their heels, none more so than when Kyle Smith played a set piece into the box where Malik Shaheed headed it down to Scout Monteith. The junior seemed to have an easy go-ahead goal, but FGCU’s Jared Brown got made a diving effort and got his fingertips on the ball to keep it from crossing the line.
FGCU and Lipscomb played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw exactly one week ago in Nashville – a result which gave the Eagles hosting responsibilities for the semifinal match. Saturday was equally as tight, with FGCU finishing the match with a 16-15 shot advantage, while Lipscomb was whistled for one more foul than the Eagles, 16-15.
With the loss Lipscomb’s season ends at 10-6-2, the second best win total in program history. FGCU advances to its fourth ASUN Final in six seasons where it will face the winner of No. 1 North Florida and No. 5 Jacksonville next weekend for the right to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Seniors Josue Chavez, Micah Bledsoe, Troy Barr, Daniel Vieira and Shpend Rexhepi all saw their careers come to an end with the loss.
28’ – After winning a free kick from 25 yards out, Eduardo Reza bounced a ball towards the net that deflected off a defender and back to Paynter who squared up and rocketed a shot through the chaos for his 11th goal of the season.
35’ – FGCU’s Albert Ruiz and Arion Sobers-Assue, the league’s top scoring duo, hooked up for a one-two attack in the box before Ruiz drilled a shot inside the far post for an equalizer.
61’ – Ruiz, the ASUN Player of the Year, struck again on a counter attack after receiving a pass from Dennis Zapata in the flow of play. The junior forward dribbled to the top of the box and after a hesitation, he drilled a 22-yard heater that left keeper Christopher Zappia frozen. It was his national-leading 19th goal of the season.
63’ – Just 72 seconds later the Bisons were able to find an equalizer. All-Freshman selection Austin Eager played a ball into the box from midfield to Paynter who found Cam Botes at the left post for the first goal of his career.
101’ – Less than a minute into the second overtime period, the Eagles sent a cross into the box that found Mohsin near the far post for a game-winning header.
- Last season the Bisons also fell in double overtime of the ASUN semis on a header when UNF’s Helge Pietschmann netted a rebound off a saved penalty kick with one minute remaining.
- Lipscomb held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
- Paynter’s 11 goals and 26 points are second most in a single season in program history. Garret Pettis (12- 2008) holds the record for goals and Miguel DaSilva (28 – 2008) leads in points.
- With his assist Paynter tied Ivan Alvarado for the team lead in helpers with four this season.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Zappia picked up three saves in the match.
- Lipscomb had 13 different players record a goal on the year after Botes found the net in the second half.
- Chavez paced the team with four shot attempts, while Alvarado and Paynter each led with two shots on target.
- FGCU’s goal in the first half was just the sixth goal of the season the Bisons had allowed before half time. They entered the match outscoring the opponents 14-5 in the first half.