|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)|
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Senior forward Ivan Sakou emerged the hero on Friday night scoring a double overtime golden goal to lift the Bisons to their first road win of the season, 3-2 over San Diego at Torero Stadium.
“That was huge,” said Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow. “It was a goal for the week to get a result on the road, so to do it in our first chance was big. It’s great to get that first road win.”
It was Sakou's second dramatic goal of the night following an 84th minute tally that tied the game at 2-2.
"We worked on our finishing in and around the box," Sakou said. "Getting those reps helped me to be more confident. I followed the advice of [teammate Logan] Paynter who said I would be more successful if I stayed high, because sometimes I have a tendency to drop too much to defend."
Morrow knew Sakou could explout the San Diego backline with the quality he brings as a forward.
“He’s an absolute handful,” Morrow said. “San Diego hasn’t seen anyone like him. He’s so stinkin’ strong. His hold up play was really good for us, and his work rate never stopped.”
The Bisons blitzed the Toreros out of the gate as Ivan Alvarado scored his second goal of the season in just the second minute off a corner from Kyle Smith. It was the first of two assists on the night for Smith.
Lipscomb held the lead until the Toreros knotted things up at 1-1 with a penalty kick just before the halftime break. The penalty led to a feisty finish to the final 45 minutes as multiple yellow cards were handed out at the end of the half.
“The message at halftime was we didn’t come here for a boxing match or a debate; we came here to win a game,” said Morrow. “The guys responded really well to that and not just the guys on the field. I thought the guys were fantastic. It ended up paying off.”
The teams traded goals late in the second half as the Toreros took their first lead of the match in the 79th minute. Sakou answered five minutes later as the game headed to OT tied at 2.
One of the biggest moments in the match came in the first overtime when Torero defenseman Josiah Benjamin was assessed his second yellow of the match to send San Diego down a man. The Bisons used the man advantage and took control of the match from that point forward.
“We started fast but it took us a while to get our pressure right after our fast start,” said Morrow. “We were unfortunate to not win it in regulation. The guys’ resiliency and ability to stay the course was fantastic. I thought we deserved to win, especially after going up a man.”
Smith and Eduardo Reza were credited with assists on the golden goal while Logan Paynter got a helper on the tying goal.
It was the third straight OT game for the Bisons, who have gotten to celebrate in each of the last two.
"I just tried to beat the guy in front of me and get something on the ball," Sakou said. "That way one of my teammates could get a tap in or a rebound from the keeper. I'm glad it went in."
- Both Alvarado and Sakou joined Paynter as Bisons who have scored multiple goals this season. The trio has combined for nine of Lipscomb’s 11 goals so far and account for three of the 13 multi-goal scorers in the ASUN.
- With an assist tonight, Paynter now has 10 points on the season which is the second highest in the ASUN.
- Smith’s two assists tonight were his first career assists.
- Tonight’s brace and four total points were both Lipscomb career highs for Ivan Sakou. He is tied for third in the ASUN with three goals this season.
The Bisons will stay in southern California to take on UC Irvine on Monday night at 9 p.m. CT.