NASHVILLE – A goal in the 66th minute decided Thursday’s match between Lipscomb and San Diego as the visiting Toreros downed the Bisons 1-0 under the lights at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The Bisons (1-3) seemed to be in control through the first half. Despite not scoring, it felt like only a matter of moments before someone found the back of the net for the Purple and Gold.
Possession was dominated and Lipscomb continued to get good looks. Javier Leija put two over the crossbar and Logan Paynter had a shot cleared off the line by a Torero defender, while Ben Locke, Ihaia Delaney and Jake Zec each had an attempt saved by the keeper.
The defense for the Bisons was equally as strong, holding USD (2-2-1) to just three shots. They clamped down and forced the Toreros to go nearly 33 minutes without a shot before Josiah Benjamin’s attempt in the 43rd minute.
In the 66th minute the game changed when Lipscomb turned the ball over at midfield.
USD took possession and pushed the ball to Reuben Dass who then outraced the Bisons on a counter. After getting 10 yards out, he rocketed a shot that bounced over the outstretched arm of keeper Chris Zappia and into the net.
Just before the clock hit 10 minutes to go, the Bisons were awarded a free kick from near the right sidelined. A perfect ball rolled along the top of the box to ASUN Preseason Player of the Year Logan Paynter. The senior struck a ball that worked its way through a crowded box and seemed destined to sneak inside the right post, but a Torero got just enough to send it just mere inches outside the net.
A last attempt saw John Wynia mishit a rebound off a deflected header from nine yards out with 30 seconds to play, allowing USD to run out the clock.
- The shutout was the first of the season for Lipscomb, who have now lost three in a row.
- The Bisons outshot the Toreros 11-7, including 5-2 in shots on target.
- Leija and Paynter combined for five shots. Leija matched a game-high with three attempts.
- Zappia finished the night with two saves.
- Five different players put a shot on frame for Lipscomb.
- Only four players took shots for USD.
- The Toreros held a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks.
The Bisons will get nine days rest before continuing a 3-game home stand next weekend against ETSU on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.