|August 19, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||17:20||BOTES, Cameron (SMITH, Kyle )|
|LIP||26:31||PAYNTER, Logan (ALVARADO, Ivan )|
|LIP||64:01||ALVARADO, Ivan (RAMIREZ, Jonathan )|
|CIN||80:26||COMMISSIONG, Darryn (SANZ, David )|
|Stats at a Glance||CIN||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (3)||16 (12)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the final tune-up before the regular season, the men's soccer team looked in form against Cincinnati in a 3-1 win at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The Bisons pushed the tempo early in the game forcing the Bearcats to play defense for most of the first half. The offensive push paid off when senior defender Cameron Botes got the Bisons on the board early with a header off a corner from senior Kyle Smith in the 18th minute.
"I was very impressed with the start," said head coach Charles Morrow. "To come in and do the things we've been working on and the belief we had in ourselves was probably the thing I was most impressed with."
Less than 10 minutes after Botes' opener, the Bisons struck again, this time from junior Logan Paynter on a give-and-go from senior Ivan Alvarado. The pair linked up on the counter attack just as Cincinnati were beginning to get a foothold in the game.
"In the first half, you could see the intensity from the guys," Alvarado said. "We were good to get the early goal and it increased the momentum a ton."
The teams went into halftime with the score at 2-0. It was indicative of the entire half as Lipscomb put nine first half shots on Cincinnati's net. Keeping the pressure throughout the opening 45 minutes.
"Quite honestly, we've got a lot of guys who are capable of putting the ball in the back of the net. It makes us really hard to defend against. We did a great job at making those in game adjustments that we didn't make against Louisville last weekend."
Lipscomb continued their attack to begin the second half and were rewarded with a goal in the 65th minute from Alvarado. Substitute Jonathan Ramirez had the assist on the third goal for the Bisons who then began to bleed the clock.
"That third goal allowed us to sit back and kind of cruise," Alvarado said. "We just pinged the ball back and forth and ran it out."
Cincinnati got on the board late as Darryn Commissiong netted a meaningless goal in the 81st minute to make the final score 3-1.
"In terms of execution and ideas I think we can get much much better. To get the result we did and play the way we did, the guys are confident going into the start of the regular season. We are as ready as anybody is after only 10 days of practice."
The Bisons will begin the regular season next Friday night, Aug. 25, at home against Niagara.