|November 16, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|BUTLER||7:29||GUHL, Brandon (GELDENHUYS, Kieran )|
|BUTLER||76:49||GUHL, Brandon (GELDENHUYS, Kieran )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||BUTLER|
|Shots (on Goal)||16 (4)||9 (5)|
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Despite a handful of strong scoring chances, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team was unable to find the back of the net in a 2-0 loss to No. 19 Butler in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at the Sellick Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana.
After the Bisons (11-8-2) missed on an early scoring chance, the Bulldogs (13-4-2) broke the ice in the eighth minute of action when Brandon Guhl would net his 11th strike of the season with run up the right side and then chipped the ball past Lipscomb keeper Christopher Zappia.
“I thought the effort was great tonight, but we didn’t start well and giving up the first goal changes things dramatically,” said Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow. “Once the guys settled in, we got used to the turf and figured out how to break down their initial press, I thought the guys did really, really well. We had a lot of the game and created a lot of chances. I thought we were unfortunate not to score.”
That lead would hold for the Bulldogs until late in the contest when Guhl would strike again getting behind the Bisons defense. Butler’s Eric Dick notched his ninth shutout of the season with a four-save effort against Lipscomb.
The loss ends the season for the Bisons as the team bids farewell to seniors Eduardo Reza, Cameron Botes, Ivan Sakou, Ivan Alvarado, Scout Monteith, Jonathan Ramirez, Anthony Bellini, Brandon Bramuller and Kyle Smith.
“It will take some time for these guys to sit back and reflect on what they’ve done,” said Morrow. “It’s not just this year but since their time began at Lipscomb and the impact they will have on future years. They’ve accomplished great things this year and left a legacy of excellence and commitment that is second to none. The fruits of their labor will be seen by classes and classes to come.
“I’m really proud of the guys’ effort tonight and really proud of their approach and what they did this year.”
- The Bisons held a decided 10-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- Lipscomb also held a 16-9 advantage in shots but only four of those found their way on net.
- Zappia pushed his minutes played on the season to over 1,900 as he finished 2017 with 1,967:41.