November 03, 20171st2nd1OT 2OT 3OT Final
Lipscomb300003
NJIT120003
Scoring
LIP12:42SAKOU, Ivan (ALVARADO, Ivan )
LIP18:10BIRCHFIELD, Ryan (ALVARADO, Ivan )
LIP21:18SAKOU, Ivan (SMITH, Kyle )
NJIT32:47JIMENEZ, Pablo (ZAPATA, Juan )
NJIT84:53JIMENEZ, Pablo
NJIT86:20CORDEIRO, Danny (JIMENEZ, Pablo , GUIRASSY, Mamadou)
GoalkeepersMinGASv
LIPWILSON, Luke0:0000
LIPZAPPIA, Christopher120:0033
NJITPUJADES, Victor120:0036
Stats at a GlanceLIPNJIT
Shots (on Goal)16 (9) 14 (6)
Saves36
Offsides11
Corner Kicks71
Fouls1822
Yellow Cards23
November 05, 20171st2ndFinal
Lipscomb112
FGCU101
Scoring
LIP0:18SAKOU, Ivan (PAYNTER, Logan )
FGCU28:35ZAPATA, Dennis (ADAMS, Shak , CLEMENT, Chris)
LIP70:19PAYNTER, Logan (EAGER, Austin )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
LIPZAPPIA, Christopher90:0013
FGCUBROWN, Jared50:1210
FGCUGAVIGAN, Connor39:4810
Stats at a GlanceLIPFGCU
Shots (on Goal)11 (2) 10 (4)
Saves30
Offsides05
Corner Kicks45
Fouls96
Yellow Cards30
Slate wiped clean for Bisons soccer in ASUN Tournament
Thursday, November 2, 2017
By Austin Gwin
Slate wiped clean for Bisons soccer in ASUN Tournament

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.

The game will be broadcast on Facebook Live and live stats will also be available. 

SERIES HISTORY

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. 

SCOUTING NJIT

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.

UP NEXT

If the Bisons were to beat NJIT, they would advance to play the No. 2 seeded FGCU in Fort Myers on Sunday at noon.