|October 21, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||17:28||PAYNTER, Logan (BIRCHFIELD, Ryan )|
|UK||26:36||Jones, Leon (Elmedkhar, Kalil )|
|LIP||35:23||SAKOU, Ivan (REZA, Eduardo )|
|UK||58:18||Hutchins,Noah (Hummel,Tanner )|
|LIP||59:20||BIRCHFIELD, Ryan (SAKOU, Ivan )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UK|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (5)||10 (6)|
LEXINGTON, Ky. - On a big stage, against one of the best teams in the region, the Bisons proved themselves an ASUN championship contender with a 3-2 win over Kentucky in Lexington.
"It was an exciting game," head coach Charles Morrow said. "It's not a surprise to me. If I had to predict what would happen before the match, I would have said we would win."
The Bisons immediately came out on the attack, and it did not take long to capitalize as Logan Paynter sent a bending chip over the keeper into the top corner of the net. It was the seventh goal of the season for the redshirt junior who was mobbed by teammates after the strike.
"It was one of those situations where the coaches were screaming 'No, No, No'," Morrow said. "He went with the chip and caught the keeper off the line. Anytime you chip a 6'4" keeper, it's pretty good."
After Kentucky equalized, it was Ivan Sakou who put the Bisons back in front. He deflected an Eduardo Reza shot past the 'Cats keeper to give the Bisons a 2-1 lead after the break.
Midway through the second half, Kentucky again equalized, but the tie didn't last long on a night the Bisons looked destined to win.
Ryan Birchfield got the winner just 30 seconds after the Wildcats second goal adding to an assist on the night already.
"We had different plans for Ryan this evening," Morrow said. "But ultimately he was playing so well as a holding midfielder we couldn't move him. He played a fantastic game. Man of the match for me, for sure."
Birchfield caught Kentucky in a bad spot defensively with the keeper well out of position, and slotted home easily.
"I was so happy when I saw it coming to me," Birchfield said. " I saw nothing but ball, and I just hit it as hard as I could and hoped for the best. Luckily it went straight through so I was buzzing."
Keeper Chris Zappia made sure the lead held up for the final 30 minutes as the Bisons as he made four saves in the match to snag the win.
- The win is No. 99 for Morrow at the helm of the Bisons. He will have two chances to grab win No. 100 before the regular season ends.
- With his opening goal, Paynter creeps closer to the top-3 in program histroy in points. He sits at 55, just one behind third place, Ben Page.
- Both Sakou and Birchfield had three points on the night. It's the first three-point night for Birchfield in his Lipscomb career, while its Sakou's second.
- It was Lipscomb's first win over Kentucky after drawing the Wildcats in the first match in series history last season.
The Bisons will stay on the road on Tuesday night for their final away match of the season against UAB at 7 p.m.