|October 18, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||11:54||DELANEY, Ihaia (WYNIA, John )|
|UE||41:59||Snow, Adam (Bonano, Sam )|
|LIP||64:34||ALVARADO, Ivan (SMITH, Kyle )|
|Stats at a Glance||UE||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (4)||18 (7)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the temperature got colder on Wednesday night, the Lipscomb men's soccer team heated up, scoring three second half goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 rout.
"I thought we started well, but we took our foot off the gas a little bit," said head coach Charles Morrow. "We took it too light-hearted tonight at times. It should have been a much different game. Fortunately, the guys dug in and got the result."
Freshman forward Ihaia Delaney kicked the scoring off in the 12th minute with a cheeky chip over the Aces keeper to give the Bisons an early lead.
"I got in and saw the keeper coming off his line," Delaney said. "Saw some space in behind, and I thought I would give it a go. It worked out."
However late in the first 45, Lipscomb saw their lead evaporate as the Aces scored two goals before halftime to go to the locker room with the advantage.
With usual starters Logan Paynter and Ivan Alvarado coming off the bench to start the second half, the Bisons offense reignited as Paynter quickly tied the game in the 47th minute. Alvarado gave the Purple and Gold the lead for good 20 minutes later.
"Well it was unfortunate we had to play some of the regulars in the second half," said Morrow. "We played much better in the second half."
The goal of the night though came from redshirt freshman Bennie Harris who rocketed a jet into the top of the net for his first career Bisons goal. With the score, Harris becomes the 11th different Bison to score in 2017.
Sophomore defender Austin Eager made his season debut after sitting out the first 13 games with an injury. Eager played the most minutes last season, only missing 2 minutes the whole season. He played 52 minutes in the victory.
"It's great to get Eager back," said Morrow. "He's so solid and sound. We have hard decisions to make because Bennie has been playing well too."
- With an assist on Alvarado's second half goal, Kyle Smith earned his fifth assist of the season, tying him for the ASUN lead.
- Paynter extended his team-lead in goals tonight with his sixth. He is tied for second in the ASUN in goals this season.
- Paynter also scored for the third time against Evansville in his career. He has a goal in each of the three contests against the Aces.
- Harris becomes the 11th different Bison to score this season.
- The Bisons had 18 shots with seven coming on goal.
The Bisons will travel to Kentucky to take on the No. 5 team in the Southeast Region, Kentucky at 6 p.m.