|October 07, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|FGCU||68:35||SACRAMENTO, Dylan (RUIZ, Albert )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||13 (5)||19 (10)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A lack of execution in the final third doomed the Lipscomb men's soccer team on the road facing the hottest side in the ASUN Conference. FGCU got a goal in each half to beat the Bisons 2-0 and run its winning streak to five.
"I don't think we created as many chances as we would have liked," said head coach Charles Morrow. "I think we created enough to be in the game. We missed one in the first half that was a tap in and we missed a 1-v-1 with the keeper in the second half. Obviously things aren't clicking right now."
After a lackluster first half, the Bisons managed to earn eight second half corners. The final touch just never materialzed for the Lipscomb offense on a night where the Bisons got outshot 19-13 and the Eagles put 10 shots on frame to Lipscomb's five.
"We had good service this evening on those corners," said Morrow. "Of the corners we got, a higher percetage of them should have been more threatening, but that execution is not our top priority this week."
The Bisons got down 1-0 midway through the first half as FGCU's Robert Ferrer wove through the Bisons defense and snuck a shot into the corner past the outstretched arm of Lipscomb keeper Chris Zappia. Then in the 69' minute, the Eagles doubled their lead off a shot that was significantly deflected just inside the post.
Zappia was one of the bright spots for the Bisons as he negated several premium FGCU chances on his way to an eight save performance.
"I thought Chris did extremely well in terms of shot stopping," said Morrow. "But, we can all do better in terms of organizing. I am certainly happy with his play this evening, though."
The loss is the third in a row for the Bisons and the fourth in the last five matches. More importantly, Lipscomb is now 1-3 in the ASUN and currently sits in fifth place with just two conference matches remaining.
"I told the team that I think we can compete against anyone," said Morrow. "There is no one I am scared to play. At the same time, we just aren't clicking."
- The shutout is the second straight one for the Bisons offense. The last Lipscomb goal came in the 89' minute against Stetson in a game the Bisons would lose in overtime.
- Zappia's eight saves and 19 shots are both 1 away from career highs.
- Ivan Sakou and Ivan Alvarado led the Bisons with three shots a piece. Defender Ben Locke and substitue Ihaia Delaney each added two.
- Four of the Bisons final six matches of the season will be against non-ASUN opponents.
- Each of the final two ASUN matches, against North Florida and Jacksonville, will be at home for Lipscomb.
Lipscomb will make a midweek trip to Memphis to play their annual match against the Tigers. The Wednesday night game will be broadcast online at 7 p.m.