|August 12, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LOU||11:39||Cherif Dieye (Izaiah Jennings )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||LOU|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (2)||13 (4)|
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Facing the ninth-ranked team in the nation less than a week into the start of fall practice proved to be too big an obstacle for the Bisons, as Lipscomb men's soccer team fell to Louisville on Saturday night 1-0.
I thought there were a lot of positives, a lot of things learned," said head coach Charles Morrow. "I think we can be a lot better. At the same time though, we did a lot of things well. For just being together a couple of days, I thought we showed well."
It was all Louisville early on as the Cardinals took the first four shots of the match. After hitting the crossbar on a chance five minutes into the game, the Cardinals cashed in on the run of play as Cherif Dieye scored just inside on the left post to make it 1-0.
Lipscomb almost immediately responded. Off a corner kick swung in from Kyle Smith, defender Scout Monteith struck the post with a header for the best chance of the first half from the visiting Bisons. Going into halftime the scored remained 1-0, as the Bisons defense recovered from the opening flurry from the Cardinals.
"It wasn’t a great start for us, no excuses there," Morrow said. "Once we settled into the game, play evened out. It took us a little longer to adjust tactically to what they were doing. I think that will certainly work itself out in the future. I told the guys for as veteran a group as we are we could have adjusted on the field a little quicker."
The second half featured few chances from either side as both teams made numerous substitutions throughout the final 45 minutes. Redshirt freshman keeper Luke Wilson replaced starter Christopher Zappia in the net in the second half and held the Cardinals scoreless while making two saves.
"Obviously we want to win, but this game was more about us and looking at players. It was great to see Luke, in terms of substitutes, Luke Wilson Jonathan Ramirez and Eduardo Reza came in and did well foir us off the bench."
The Cardinals outshot the Bisons 13-6 and put four shots on goal to the Bisons two. The Bisons led the Cardinals in corners 6-3.
The Bisons will take the pitch at home for the first time next Saturday, Aug. 19 as they wrap up their exhibition schedule with Cincinnati. Game time is at 7:00pm.