|September 05, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|ETSU||22:33||Fletcher Ekern (Bruno Andrade )|
|LIP||46:07||PAYNTER, Logan (LOCKE, Ben )|
|ETSU||56:34||Chase Clack (Nick Spielman )|
|ETSU||91:43||Ryan Madondo (Chase Clack )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||ETSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||17 (9)||17 (6)|
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – ETSU (1-1-1) scored in overtime to end a long Tuesday night in the Smoky Mountains for the Lipscomb men’s soccer team (2-2). After a 100-minute rain delay and 92 minutes of soccer, the Bucs scored the golden goal to send the Bisons back west with a 3-2 loss.
Rain and thunderstorms throughout the day led to the match being pushed back multiple times and finally getting started at 8:40 p.m. local time.
After both sides got early chances, the Bucs broke through with a goal in the 23rd minute to give the former ASUN member a 1-0 lead which stuck until halftime.
“I’m proud of the way the team battled tonight,” head coach Charles Morrow said. “It is unfortunate that we didn’t make some of our good early looks count.”
Logan Paynter brought Lipscomb back from the halftime deficit with two early second half goals giving the Bisons a 2-1 lead. The first, in the 47th minute came off a rebound just five yards from the net. Paynter’s second came just four minutes later after a long run into the box culminated in a score off the right post.
"This is a group that can take adjustments at halftime and immediately execute them," Morrow said."It's a group that wants it bad."
ETSU tied it up quickly with a goal of their own in the 57th minute. After an initial save by Lipscomb keeper Chris Zappia, the Bucs were able to gather the rebound and tap in the tying score.
"I think that we had the game in hand and poor defending cost us," Morrow said. "There's still a lot of room for improvement and growth with these guys."
It took ETSU less than two minutes into the first OT to decide the game. Freshman midfielder Ryan Madondo made his first collegiate goal count as the Franklin, Tenn. native secured the game winner.
“Ultimately we are creating enough chances to get results,” Morrow said. “We must improve our ability to close out games.”
- Logan Paynter’s goals make him the first Bison player this season with multiple goals. He now has three on the season tying him for second-most in the ASUN.
- For Paynter the two goals and four points both equal his single-game highs in his career. The last time he achieved that feat came on Oct. 8, 2016 against USC Upstate.
- Redshirt freshman Ben Locke added an assist on Paynter’s first goal. Locke now has three points on the season.
The Bisons are back at home on Saturday night as they take on Georgia St. at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex at 7:00 p.m.