|September 23, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||6:30||PAYNTER, Logan (SMITH, Kyle )|
|LIP||56:46||SAKOU, Ivan (SMITH, Kyle )|
|LIP||67:58||ALVARADO, Ivan (PAYNTER, Logan )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UPST|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (6)||12 (4)|
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Four different Bisons scored in the men’s soccer team’s 4-0 win in Lipscomb’s ASUN opener against USC Upstate in South Carolina.
Senior Logan Paynter got things going early as he floated a header over the Spartan goalie in the 7th minute to give the Bisons a lead they would never relinquish.
“Upstate is improved over last season,” head coach Charles Morrow said. “Their results show they are better. Our guys fully expect to win every match, but I was really proud that we got conference play started on the right foot. It’s so important.”
Paynter’s been a menace to Upstate throughout his career scoring at least once in all three games against the Spartans that he has played in, totaling four goals.
“He’s good against everybody,” Morrow said.
After the goal, play evened out with neither side getting many good looks.
“I think after the first goal we took our foot off the gas,” Morrow said. “There wasn’t a sense of urgency to put the game away. I think our substitutions reflected that. We wanted to get guys in that could make a statement.”
The Bisons responded to their coach’s challenge in the second half. First it was Ivan Sakou in the 57th minute, who slotted a Kyle Smith cross home to double the Lipscomb lead. The assist was Smith’s second of the night, and fourth in the last three games. For Sakou, the goal gives him four on the season, trailing Paynter’s team-best five.
A little over ten minutes later, Alvarado made it a trio of goals for the Bisons, as he capitalized on a breakaway set up by Paynter. It was Alvarado’s third of the season.
Finally freshman Ihaia Delaney found the scoresheet for the first time in his career as he notched the Bisons first penalty goal of the season in the 87th minute.
“The way we created chances in the second half was great,” said Morrow. “We did a great job of reading the game. Really happy with how the guys managed the second half.”
Redshirt junior keeper Chris Zappia recorded four saves to earn his second shutout of the year.
- It’s the eighth win in 11 tries for Lipscomb (5-3, 1-0) over USC Upstate (2-5-1, 0-2).
- The last time the Bisons found the net four times in the same game was Oct. 22, 2016 when Lipscomb beat NJIT 4-1.
- Zappia now has three shutouts in his young career dating back to last season. He has allowed 1 or fewer goals in 6 of his 13 career starts.
- The three point night is the tenth of Paynter’s Lipscomb career. He has two such matches this season.
Lipscomb will finish up a four-game road trip Wednesday night at Stetson. Stetson won its first ASUN game of the season as well on Saturday night.
“Stetson is going to be a tough trip,” Morrow said. “They just beat North Florida on the road. They are going to present issues that we have to deal with. For us, it’s more about focusing on ourselves and what we can do better at.”