|October 14, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||72:56||RAMIREZ, Jonathan (ALVARADO, Ivan , SAKOU, Ivan)|
|Stats at a Glance||UNF||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||12 (6)||19 (8)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It took a wild night in Memphis, Tennessee from an unlikely source for the Lipscomb men’s soccer team to regain their offensive mojo. Against the Tigers, senior Anthony Bellini found the back of the net for the first goal of his career and added an assist, another first, to spark a three-goal performance for the Bisons.
Wednesday night was a quick breather of nonconference play for Lipscomb as the squad will jump back into the ASUN Conference on Saturday night to meet rival North Florida in Nashville at 7 p.m.
North Florida currently is in control of the overall series at 8-5-1 and have taken the last four matchups between the two teams. The first of those four consecutive wins came on a bitterly cold November night in Nashville in the ASUN Semifinals when the Ospreys beat the top-seeded Bisons 3-0.
SCOUTING NORTH FLORIDA
The Ospreys have had a very disappointing 2017 season. After being picked second in the ASUN preseason poll, the Ospreys haven’t won since their opening match of the season. In all they have gone winless in nine straight matches under seventh year head coach Derek Marinatos.
Sophomore forward and Preseason All-ASUN honoree Adrian Nunez leads the Ospreys in scoring this year with four goals. The Costa Rica native scored all four in the first three matches of the season, and hasn’t been able to find the net since.
In fact, the entire Osprey offense has gone cold since the opening three game stretch. In the last seven matches, North Florida has four total goals and has been shutout four times.
At the goalkeeper position, the Ospreys have evenly split reps between seniors Tord Pedersen and Juanes Fajardo. Both have played in six matches with five starts a piece. Their stats are almost identical as Pedersen’s save pct. is at .654 while Fajardo’s is .659. Pedersen has allowed fewer goals, but also has made fewer saves. He does have the one Osprey victory.
- Lipscomb is 3-1 at home this year after suffering their first home loss last time out to NJIT.
- The Bisons have just five games left on their 2017 schedule before the ASUN Championship. Three of those five will be played at home.
- Head Coach Charles Morrow is just four wins away from 100 all-time victories at Lipscomb.
- The ASUN Championship will take place Nov. 3, 5, and 11 at TBD host sites.
The Bisons will stay at home for their only “home-stand” of the season as they take on Evansville on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.