|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. - A rebound off an Ivan Alvarado shot that fell at the feet of a wide-open Logan Paynter turned into a golden goal for the Bisons as Lipscomb topped Georgia St. 1-0 in overtime at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex on Saturday night.
The assist for Alvarado was the 18th of his career setting him alone atop the Lipscomb soccer record books for career assists. He surpassed the total of 17 set by Bison great Miguel de Silva from 2007-2010.
“Obviously, I am very blessed to have this record,” said Alvarado. “It’s a great feeling. I couldn’t do it without my teammates. Having them around as support is a really good feeling. For the coaches, the trainers, my teammates, it’s not just for me, it’s for them too.
The assist is Alvarado’s second of the season through the first five games.
“Ivan’s a guy who can score goals himself, but is always looking for other,” said head coach Charles Morrow. “He draws defenders to him so well because he’s so good on the ball. His vision is unbelievable. From an assist perspective, he’s the best. There’s a reason he has the record.”
Logan Paynter continued his torrid scoring pace, as the goal marked his fourth consecutive goal for the Bisons. It was the fifth goal that Paynter has scored in the final ten minutes of a match, however, it was the senior’s first golden goal.
“Logan anticipates and reads the game so well,” Morrow said. “’Right place, right time’ comes from seeing what’s going to happen before it happens. I thought it was very fitting that he scored. He created a lot for us.”
Both sides had plenty of good chances throughout regulation, but each keeper was up to the task. Georgia St.’s Yannic Horn made four saves while Lipscomb’s Chris Zappia notched five in the shutout. The dueling keepers matched each other save for save early, but it was a clearance off the goal line by Bisons defender Joe Kerridge midway through the second half that kept the game tied.
For the Bisons, the win has some extra sweetness to it. In the nine previous meetings against the Panthers, Lipscomb was 0-9 and had only scored more than one goal in a match a single time. Saturday, the Bisons didn’t need more than one to break the losing streak against the visitors from Atlanta.
“I always want to beat them,” Morrow said. “To get that monkey off our back so to speak was nice. Once the guys saw the streak, they marked it on their calendar. They really wanted that win coming out of this.”
The tally for the Bisons was the first goal in the run of play that Georgia St. had given up all season. In their four previous games, the Panthers’ defense had only conceded on two penalty kicks.
97’ – Ivan Alvarado shot the ball at the keeper from 15 yards out. The ball ricocheted off the keeper’s hands to his right where Logan Paynter grooved it into the near side of the net to end the game.
- Paynter’s four goals this season are the second most in the ASUN. He now has four consecutive goals for the Bisons dating back to a Sept. 2 win against SIUE.
- The shutout from Zappia is the second of his career and his first of the season. His first career shutout came in the ASUN Quarterfinal last season with a 3-0 victory over Stetson.
- Redshirt freshman defender Ben Locke continued his relentless play logging all 97 minutes tonight. He, along with Zappia, leads the Bisons with 459 minutes played, every minute so far this season.
The Bisons will fly west to California for their next two games. It's the furthest the program has ever gone on the road, previously never having played farther west than Tulsa, Okla. They will begin the road trip against San Diego on Friday night at 5 p.m.