September 18, 20181st2nd1OT Final
Kentucky1113
Lipscomb0202
Scoring
UK1:09Kalil Elmedkhar
UK52:33Aime Mabika
LIP53:36BIRCHFIELD, Ryan
LIP74:48PAYNTER, Logan (BIRCHFIELD, Ryan )
UK95:38Jj Williams
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UKEnrique Facusse95:3720
LIPWILSON, Luke95:3736
Stats at a GlanceUKLIP
Shots (on Goal)12 (9) 7 (2)
Saves06
Offsides42
Corner Kicks59
Fouls127
Yellow Cards11
Bisons Soccer welcomes No. 6 Kentucky Tuesday
Monday, September 17, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Bisons Soccer welcomes No. 6 Kentucky Tuesday

NASHVILLE – Lipscomb men’s soccer will be put to the test Tuesday against one of the best teams in the nation as No. 6 Kentucky visits campus for a 7 p.m. first touch.

The match not only provides the Bisons a great opportunity to gain momentum and confidence heading into ASUN Conference play this weekend, it also presents the fans a chance to see the Bisons take on the highest ranked opponent that has ever come to the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

The game can be streamed on Facebook Live for those unable to make it out, or you can also follow along with the action via live stats HERE.


LAST TIME OUT

  • The Bisons lost their fourth match in a row Saturday night with a 3-1 result against ETSU.
  • Ihaia Delaney put Lipscomb on top in the 21st minute with his first goal of the season.
  • The Bucs came roaring back with three unanswered scores after putting 9-of-14 shots on target.
  • Javier Leija picked up assist number two on the year with the feed on Delaney’s goal.

 

SERIES HISTORY

  • Lipscomb and Kentucky have met on the pitch in each of the previous two seasons for the only two meetings in series history.
  • The Bisons lead the series 1-0-1.
  • Last October, the Purple and Gold got goals from Logan Paynter and Ivan Sakou before Ryan Birchfield threw a Monkey Wrench at the Wildcats for the game-winner in the 60th minute to win 3-2 in Lexington.
  • In 2016, keeper Chris Zappia came away with six saves in just his second-career start as the Bisons battled the 20th-ranked ‘Cats to a 1-1 draw.

 

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

  • Kentucky brings with them a No. 6 national ranking to town after starting the year 4-0-1.
  • The Wildcats have yet to concede a goal against some tough competition. After earning a pair of 1-0 victories against DePaul and Columbia, UK took down Louisville (3-0) and UAB (2-0).
  • The Wildcats played Xavier to a 0-0 draw on the road last Tuesday in Cincinnati.
  • Junior JJ Williams paces the team with four goals, eight points and 21 shots. He has put 11 of those shots on target, including two game-winners.
  • Williams was named National Player of the Week by the United Soccer Coaches, Player of the Week by College Soccer News and C-USA Offensive Player of the Week after netting three goals in wins over Louisville and UAB.
  • UK leads the nation in save percentage (1.000), shutout percentage (1.000) and GAA (0.00).
  • Keeper Enrique Facusse leads the nation with five shutouts behind 17 saves.
  • Tanner Hummel and Marcel Meinzer are tops on the ‘Cats with two assists each.

 

QUICK KICKS

  • Lipscomb looks to snap a 4-game slide Tuesday. The Bisons dropped three of those by a single goal: South Carolina (2-1), Georgia State (2-1/OT) and San Diego (1-0).
  • The Bisons are playing their third straight match at home. It is part of a stretch that has them on campus five times in six matches.
  • Keeper Chris Zappia leads the ASUN with 25 total saves, while his .758 save percentage is third best and his 1.59 GAA is fourth best.
  • Leija leads the Bisons with four points on the year after registering one goal and two assists. Daniel Zapata, Delaney and Paynter are just behind with three.
  • Birchfield has scored the only other goal for Lipscomb.
  • Lipscomb has attempted 61 shots on the year with 23 of them on target.
  • Zappia earned the ASUN’s first Defensive Player of the Week honor in 2018 after his 5th-career shutout against Belmont in the season opener where he also collected a pair of saves.
  • Lipscomb landed Paynter and Austin Eager on the ASUN Preseason All-Conference team.
  • The Purple and Gold were picked to win the league in the preseason coaches poll. They received 42 points, including four 1st-place votes. FGCU was second with 41 and one.

 

UP NEXT

Lipscomb jumps into conference play on Saturday when it travels to Florida to take on Jacksonville University at 6 p.m. The Bisons and Dolphins last met on that same pitch in the ASUN Championship a season ago when the Purple and Gold downed JU to earn its first conference title and NCAA Tournament berth.