|September 09, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|LIP||96:50||PAYNTER, Logan (ALVARADO, Ivan )|
|Stats at a Glance||GSUM||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||14 (5)||13 (5)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’ll be a case of unstoppable force meeting immovable object when Georgia St. (3-1) travels to the Lipscomb Soccer Complex to take on the Bisons men’s soccer team (2-2) on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Lipscomb’s seemingly unstoppable offense is humming, averaging 13.3 shots per game and 1.75 goals per game, each tops in the ASUN. Georgia St.’s immovable defense has been just as good, allowing only two goals this season, both penalties.
The Bisons and Panthers have met on the pitch nine previous times, with Georgia St. winning all nine contests.
In 2016, Lipscomb looked to be on its way to breaking the losing streak with a 1-0 halftime lead in Atlanta, but Georgia St. struck for four second half goals en route to a 4-1 blowout victory.
Eight of the nine contests have ended with the Purple and Gold scoring one or fewer goals against the Panthers defense.
SCOUTING GEORGIA ST.
Georgia St. is coming off its biggest win of the season. The Panthers went on the road and knocked off the No. 2 team in the nation, Wake Forest, in overtime. It was the highest ranked opponent a Panthers soccer team has ever beaten.
Before their win against Wake Forest, Georgia St. was edged by Louisville 1-0 who currently sits at No. 8 in the nation. The Bisons played the Cardinals in their first preseason matchup, falling by an identical scoreline.
Like Lipscomb, the Panthers are a veteran team that return nine of their 11 starters from a year ago. Leading scorer from a year ago Hannes Burmeister leads the group of returners after netting 11 goals in 2016. The junior midfielder from Germany has continued to find the net with three goals in the team’s first four matches.
Senior keeper Yannic Horn, another returner, will start in goal for the Panthers. After transferring from Montavello prior to his junior year, Horn hasn’t missed a start posting 6.5 shutouts last season, tying the program record. He’s stopped all 13 shots he’s faced in the run of the play this season, allowing just two penalty kicks for goals.
Picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference, Georgia St. finished last season ranked 61st in the NCAA RPI and barely missed out on a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers fell to top-ranked Coastal Carolina in the SBC Championship game.
- Senior midfielder Ivan Alvarado needs just one assist to set the Lipscomb career assist record breaking the tie with Miguel de Silva at 17.
- Forward Logan Paynter has scored three consecutive goals for the Bisons. Those three tallies rank him second in the ASUN in goals this season.
- With an assist during the win against SIUE, senior Joe Kerridge has recorded an assist in each of his four season with the Bisons.
The Bisons will head to California to begin a four-game road trip. They will play at San Diego on Friday at 5 p.m. CT.