BIRMINGHAM - While it waasn't the result the Lipscomb men's soccer team was looking for, the unbeaten streak extended to five for the Bisons on the road at UAB on Tuesday night.
It was a unique midweek tilt, positioned between a huge road game at Kentucky last Saturday and a critical ASUN match in the season finale this coming Saturday. The timing allowed head coach Charles Morrow to mix and match his lineup, which he did for the first 60 minutes of action.
"The start was shaky," Morrow said. "A little bit of nerves and not playing with confidence to start with. Once the group that started the game established a rhythm it got better and better."
The Bisons generated very little offensively in the first half with just three shots and none of them on goal, but great goalkeeping from Chris Zappia kept the Blazers at bay and the game at 0-0 headed the the break.
Our goal tonight was a result, which we got," Morrow said. "But a main priority for us was getting some other guys minutes amd we did that."
UAB struck first in the second half as five Bisons stood waiting on the sidelines to check in. Despit the 1-0 defiict, the Bisons immediately turned up the pressure after the lineup changes.
"We had five guys ready to check in, and they score," Morrow said. "Unfortunately, that happens. But the usual guys came in and their response was great."
The Lipscomb equalizer came quickly when substitute Eduardo Reza curled in a low grounder that just snuck in the left post barely three minutes after UAB scored.
Both teams creted chances for the final 30 minutes of regulation and both overtime periods, but neither side was able to find a winner leading the Bisons to their first draw of the season.
"After the goal, the game became more frantic and more disjointed," Morrow said. "Its a hard ask to be a usual starter and instead come in for the last 30 minutes and immediately get it going."
Lipscomb moved back into the United Soccer Coaches Southeast region poll this morning taking over the 7th spot after wins over Evansville and Kentucky last week. The Bisons are the highest ranked ASUN team in the poll.
- Morrow will have to wait at least one more game on his 100th career win at Lipscomb. His next chance will come Saturday at home in the season finale.
- The goal was Reza's second of the season and the fifth in his Lipscomb career.
- Redshirt freshman Ben Locke added his second assist of the season on Reza's goal. He leads all Bisons defenders with 4 points.
- Zappia tallied eight saves on the night to vault his season total to 69.
The Bisons will play their home and season finale on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Jacksonville. The Bisons can clinch the 4th seed in the ASUN Championship with a win.