|September 15, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|LIP||1:17||ALVARADO, Ivan (SMITH, Kyle )|
|USD||78:46||LANDER, Henry (BRANDT, Gustav )|
|LIP||83:07||SAKOU, Ivan (PAYNTER, Logan )|
|LIP||102:34||SAKOU, Ivan (SMITH, Kyle , REZA, Eduardo)|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||USD|
|Shots (on Goal)||21 (7)||12 (4)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the Bisons men’s soccer team might not have to circle the wagons or ford any rivers on their trail west, they will travel farther west than ever before to play San Diego on Friday at 9 p.m.
Previously the furthest Lipscomb had traveled west to play a soccer game was back in 2010 when the team played a nonconference tournament in Dallas at SMU’s campus.
Both San Diego and Lipscomb entered into their respective United Soccer Coaches Region polls this week as the Bisons re-entered the Southeast poll at No. 8 following an overtime win against previous No. 3 Georgia St. The Toreros, on the other hand, got their first taste of the Far West poll as they entered the poll at No. 9 after two road wins last week.
The Lipscomb and San Diego series only dates back to 2015 as the schools played on Senior Day at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. The Toreros got the better of the Bisons in that match with two goals in the second half to win 3-1.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO
The Toreros come into the match with the Bisons sporting an identical 3-2 record as the Purple and Gold. Both Toreros losses came to NCAA Sweet 16 teams from a year ago in Indiana and Notre Dame. They are currently riding a three-game winning streak having allowed just one goal combined in those three matches.
San Diego’s head coach, Seamus McFadden, has been at the helm of the Toreros program since 1979. He announced this summer that his 39th season will be his final one as he hands the reins over to Brian Quinn, an assistant coach. McFadden ranks eighth nationally amongst active coaches in career wins with 377.
USD returns nine starters from a year ago and 14 players overall. Leading scorer Miguel Berry is one of those returners. Berry netted eight goals last season and has scored twice this season to lead the Toreros with four points.
Goalkeeper Thomas Olsen has seen every minute in goal so far for USD and has been stellar, allowing only four goals and recording shutouts in two of his last three matches. He is the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week.
- Redshirt junior Logan Paynter ranks ninth in the NCAA with two game winning goals already this season. He trails national leader Mamadou Guirassy from NJIT who has four.
- Paynter’s four goals this season put him in a tie for 20th in the NCAA.
- Redshirt junior goalkeeper Chris Zappia pitched his second shutout of his career in the Bisons last match. He racked up five saves in that one to give him 20 total on the year. That total is the second best in the ASUN.
- Senior midfielder Ivan Alvarado ranks second in the ASUN with two assists. He now leads the program in all-time assists with 18 for his career.
The Bisons will stay in California and play UC Irvine on Monday at 9 p.m. before beginning ASUN play later next week.