|September 01, 2018||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|LIP||24:56||PAYNTER, Logan (ZAPATA, Daniel )|
|GSU||87:06||Hemmings, Max (Rosenwald, Frank )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||GSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (5)||19 (9)|
ATLANTA – Lipscomb men’s soccer was less than three minutes from victory, but a late goal by Georgia State sent the match to overtime where the Panthers struck the game-winner to send the Bisons back to Nashville with a 2-1 loss Saturday night in Atlanta.
The loss drops Lipscomb to 1-2 on the year, while Georgia State earns its first win to move to 1-2.
The first 20 minutes of action seemed to go in favor of the home team, as Lipscomb was unable to get off a shot until Javier Leija pushed one wide in the 21st minute.
The momentum swung in favor of the Bisons three minutes later when senior Logan Paynter put the Purple and Gold on the scoreboard. The preseason ASUN Player of the Year took a feed from freshman Daniel Zapata and deposited it in the back of the net at 24:56.
Keeper Chris Zappia stopped four balls in the first half of action to keep Lipscomb on top 1-0 at the midway point.
The last 45 minutes saw the Panthers pelt Zappia and the Bisons.
Despite being outshot 10-3 in the second half, Lipscomb’s defense stood tall and nearly pitched its second shutout of the season. However, GSU found an equalizer at the 87:06 mark when Max Hemmings scored off an assist from Frank Rosenwald.
Lipscomb senior Ryan Birchfield got the last attempt of regulation but his header sailed wide left, sending the match to overtime.
The home standing Panthers wasted no time and struck less than two minutes into extra time when Rosenwald scored off a rebound off the post.
- Lipscomb is now 1-10 all-time against GSU with the lone win coming in 2017.
- The Panthers outshot the Bisons 19-10, including 9-5 in shots on target.
- Paynter’s goal was his first of the season. The Bradenton, Florida native now has 27 career goals after scoring nine a season ago.
- Zapata registered his first career assist on the score. Four different players have an assist for the Bisons this season.
- Zappia played all 92 minutes in net and saved seven balls in the loss.
- Paynter and Birchfield led the Bisons with three shots each.
Lipscomb returns home Thursday to host San Diego at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. in a return trip from a home-and-home deal that saw the Bisons travel to San Diego for a 3-2 overtime victory a season ago.