|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. – Senior Buddy Ramirez scored in the 73rd minute and junior keeper Chris Zappia pitched a shutout as the Lipscomb men's soccer team (7-6, 2-3) squeaked by North Florida (1-9-1, 0-3) 1-0 on Saturday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
"I'm happy for the guys," said head coach Charles Morrow. "It's a much needed win in conference play. North Florida is much better than their record would indictate."
Early in the match both sides struggled to find a flow as the first half featured few chances. The best one came from Ivan Sakou who shot a ball straight at Osprey keeper Juanes Fajarado after finding the ball all alone in front of the goal.
The pace picked up in the second half as both teams searched for the opener. It was the substitute Ramirez who finally found what turned out to be the winner.
"I thought we did a good job at times of breaking their press and making them work defensively," said Morrow. "Quite honestly, this game could have been 2 or 3-0. But I'm optimistic and looking forward to the games ahead of us."
Ramirez's goal was the product of remarkable passing by Ivan Sakou and Ivan Alvarado. The two Ivans one touched the ball back and forth before Alvardo found Ramirez streaking down the left side. The senior cooly slotted the ball home to open up his 2017 goal account.
"Buddy is great off the bench. It is where he does his best work," Morrow said. "I'm really excited about the year he is making for himself and the quality he has been able to show over the last few games."
It was Zappia's night though as the redshirt junior made save after save in the second half. In all, Zappia made six saves, many of them off high danger North Florida chances. It was the third shutout of the season for Zappia and the fourth of his career.
"More than anything we just wanted the win," Zappia said. "We had very high expectations for ourseleves coming into the year and some stuff just hasn't gone our way in conference. But we are breaking out. A good win on Wednesday and a better one tonight"
ASUN STANDINGS UPDATE
The Bisons earned a huge three points with the win and now have six in ASUN play, all but assuring them of an ASUN tournament bid. They currently sit in fourth in the ASUN.
"At the end of the day, what matters is getting into the conference tournament so we can win and get into the NCAA Tournament," Zappia said. "I absolutely believe this group can do that."
- Its the first win for the Bisons in the last five matchups with North Florida dating back to 2014.
- The assist from Ivan Alvarado is the 19th of his career which adds to his program record.
- Zappia has earned shutouts in both of Lipscomb's ASUN wins.
- Ramirez's goal is the first since his sophomore season and fourth of his Lipscomb career.
The Bisons will stay at home on Wednesday and will play Evansville at 7 p.m.