|August 27, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||33:38||ZAPATA, Daniel (LEIJA, Javier )|
|SC||41:10||SUKOW, Justin (MAYR, Luca )|
|SC||75:27||MONHEIMER, Tucker (ERICSON, Peyton , MAYR, Luca)|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||SC|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (3)||17 (10)|
COLUMBIA, S.C. – In its first road match of the season Monday night, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team was unable to hold off a South Carolina comeback as the homestanding Gamecocks scored a pair of unanswered goals to grab a 2-1 victory at Eugene E. Stone III Stadium in Columbia.
“I thought we started the match strong,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “It was good to score first, but I didn’t think we reacted well after the score in terms of how we managed the game.”
“It’s unfortunate, but tonight was a teaching moment this group has to go through. We will be better off in long run, but it is a bitter pill to swallow. That was a team we expected to go on the road and get some kind of result against, either a win or a draw.”
After back-and-forth action throughout most of the first half, freshman Daniel Zapata gave the Bisons (1-1) an early lift as he scored the first goal of his career in the 34th minute.
The Laredo, Texas native received a pass from Javier Leija near the penalty mark 12 yards out and lofted it into the left side of the net as the USC keeper dove the opposite direction. A hustle play from Ihaia Delaney to battle his defender at the end line and somehow find a way to keep the ball in play set the goal in motion.
“That score was a team goal for sure,” Morrow said. “It was not luck, we battled for the ball and our guys were able to find a way to get it to Daniel who laid it in the net.”
The Bisons lead did not last long as South Carolina (1-1) found an equalizer just eight minutes later in the 42nd minute. Luca Mayr pelted a hard curler at Lipscomb keeper Chris Zappia from just outside the 18-yard box. Zappia kept the initial shot from going into the net, but as he got to his feet, he was unable to find the ball and South Carolina’s Justin Sukow charged in and pushed it into the open target, sending the match to halftime at 1-1.
“The first goal given up was a little unfortunate, but mistakes are going to happen,” Morrow said. “I don’t think that our response was great after that mistake. It wasn’t an effort thing, but our thoughts and ideas of how to break them down was lacking.”
Despite controlling possession for most of the first half, the final 45 minutes went in favor of the Gamecocks, who outshot Lipscomb 9-5 after the break.
USC scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 76th minute off the foot of Tucker Monheimer, who one-timed a cross in the box from Mayr to the left post.
Delaney attempted the final shot of the match for Lipscomb just 30 seconds after the go-ahead goal, but it was reeled in from SC’s Ian McGrane. The Bisons managed a pair of corner kicks in the final minute, but neither attempt provided a real chance.
“What we saw tonight is fixable in terms of the soccer pieces, but I do think that our mindset after going up a goal has to be better,” Morrow said. “I also thought we had some new guys who were a little shell-shocked. It was an environment they had never been in before.”
- Lipscomb falls to 0-2 all-time against South Carolina.
- The Gamecocks outshot the Bisons 17-7 overall and 10-3 on target.
- Hours after being named the ASUN’s Defensive Player of the Week, Zappia came away with eight saves in the defeat.
- Louis Robinson paced the team with a pair of shots.
- Four newcomers saw action Monday night, with three of them drawing a start (Robinson, Zapata, Scott Gulden).
- Time of game was 1:58 in front of an announced crowd of 3,652.
The Bisons get a few days of rest before hitting the road again, this time for Atlanta where they will face off with Georgia State next Saturday at 6 p.m.
Lipscomb won 1-0 last season in overtime when Logan Paynter turned in a golden goal in the 97th minute in Nashville.
“It is good to know that we can go on the road and play well,” Morrow said. “But we have to be able to put a complete game together. I saw some stuff this week, including in the match against Belmont, that we can take and build on.”