|November 03, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||3OT||Final|
|LIP||12:42||SAKOU, Ivan (ALVARADO, Ivan )|
|LIP||18:10||BIRCHFIELD, Ryan (ALVARADO, Ivan )|
|LIP||21:18||SAKOU, Ivan (SMITH, Kyle )|
|NJIT||32:47||JIMENEZ, Pablo (ZAPATA, Juan )|
|NJIT||86:20||CORDEIRO, Danny (JIMENEZ, Pablo , GUIRASSY, Mamadou)|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NJIT|
|Shots (on Goal)||16 (9)||14 (6)|
|November 05, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||0:18||SAKOU, Ivan (PAYNTER, Logan )|
|FGCU||28:35||ZAPATA, Dennis (ADAMS, Shak , CLEMENT, Chris)|
|LIP||70:19||PAYNTER, Logan (EAGER, Austin )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (2)||10 (4)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The slate is clean. That’s how the Lipscomb men’s soccer team has to approach the upcoming weekend in Fort Myers, Fla. for the ASUN Tournament. After a tale of two seasons, 2017 will be defined by the third and final one.
In the nonconference season, the Bisons dominated, picking up three top-100 RPI victories and a draw. Two of those wins came against Top-35 RPI teams on the road against San Diego and Kentucky. Overall the Bisons outscored non-conference opponents 22-20 and finished that portion of their schedule 7-3-1.
In ASUN play however, the Purple and Gold couldn’t seem to get out of their own way, losing four of six games. If you take the away a 4-0 win against last place finishing USC Upstate, Lipscomb was outscored 8-3 in ASUN play while being shut out twice.
Despite a No. 6 seed in the ASUN Tournament, those stats now become meaningless. All that matters is surviving and advancing, and Lipscomb will get its first chance to do just that on Friday afternoon against third-seeded NJIT.
A 1-0 loss earlier this season against the Highlanders doesn’t tell the whole story of the Bisons late September loss at home. After giving up a penalty goal in the 8th minute, Lipscomb dominated play, peppering the Highlander net with 16 shots.
Forward Logan Paynter put a header off the post that would have tied the game in the first half. The Bisons scored a goal to tie the game that was waved off for a foul. A late NJIT handball in box gave the Bisons a penalty shout, but the pleas went unheeded and play continued.
Overall the series is tied 1-1 with the Bisons winning the first meeting between the schools last season.
The Highlanders begin and end with two of the best in the ASUN. Forward Mamadou Guirassy and keeper Victor Pujades have carried the Highlanders to the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
Guirassy has been one-man wrecking crew for NJIT as the nation’s leader in goals with 16. He has all but nine of the total goals for the Highlanders and was named the conference’s Player of the Year this week. He scored the lone goals against the Bisons earlier this season and presents a huge matchup challenge for opposing teams given his size and speed.
On the back end, Pujades has had almost as good a season account for eight wins and leading the ASUN with six shutouts. His .771 save pct. was second-best in the ASUN.
If the Bisons were to beat NJIT, they would advance to play the No. 2 seeded FGCU in Fort Myers on Sunday at noon.