|October 16, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||42:35||WYNIA, John (PAYNTER, Logan )|
|LOU||52:12||Tate Schmitt (Cameron Wheeler )|
|LIP||58:41||PAYNTER, Logan (JAKUBOWSKI, Zarek )|
|LOU||74:04||Pedro Fonseca (Adam Wilson )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||LOU|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (5)||14 (8)|
LOUISVILLE – Three players scored goals, but it was a full team effort that lifted the Lipscomb men’s soccer team over No. 10 Louisville, 3-2, Tuesday night on the road at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
“This is a huge game for us in terms of confidence and belief going into the last part of the season,” Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “This was a great result and we will enjoy it for sure, but we all know the most important game is this Saturday.”
The win marks the second time in program history that the Bisons have beaten a top-10 team. They took down No. 10 Xavier 3-2 in Nashville on Sept. 3, 2015.
After 42 minutes of back-and-forth play where neither team was able to get on the scoreboard, the Bisons broke through just before halftime to open a scoring frenzy. Over the next 30 minutes Lipscomb and Louisville combined to score five goals to give fans, especially those in Purple and Gold, plenty to cheer about.
Junior John Wynia got things under way in the first half with his second goal of the season, before three-time ASUN first teamer Logan Paynter and freshman forward Louis Robinson buried goals in the final 45 minutes to secure the victory for the visiting Bisons. In total, four players picked up points in the match as Zarek Jakubowski earned an assist.
“With guys stepping into roles and creating and finishing more in the attacking third makes us multidimensional,” Morrow said. “When those things are happening, it frees Logan up to be even more dangerous.”
The win improves Lipscomb to 5-8 on the season, while Louisville drops to 7-3-3. The defeat was the first of the season for the Cardinals at Lynn Stadium, where they are now 5-1-2.
The three goals allowed matched a season high by the Louisville defense after losing a 3-0 decision on the road at Kentucky on Sept. 4.
43’ – The Bisons struck with two minutes on the clock to grab a 1-0 lead on the home-standing Cardinals. A beautiful possession was set up by Scott Gulden, who played a ball from beyond the midfield line to his brother, Noah, at the corner of the 18-yard box.
Noah then headed the ball forward to an unmarked Paynter, who chased it down and put a perfect cross in front of the net between three Cardinals. John Wynia got a head on it and buried it in the upper left corner.
53’ – After four Cardinals touched the ball in the box while trying to avoid a clearance from the Bisons, Tate Schmitt stepped into a shot and slotted the ball inside the right post from the penalty spot to pull the Cardinals even at 1-1.
58’ – Paynter put Lipscomb back on top 2-1 just five minutes after the Cardinals evened things up. The senior striker received a pass at the corner of the 6-yard box after freshman Zarek Jakubowski charged with the ball and rolled it through a Louisville defender’s legs. As the keeper took a step towards Paynter, he rocketed a shot up and around into the top right corner.
72’ – After the Bisons won a corner, the ball was played in to Ryan Dougherty who dribbled into the top of the box before sending a pass towards a handful of Bisons eight yards out. As the ball was deflected towards the net, Louis Robinson found himself all along and drilled a burner just inside the right post for the game-winner.
75’ – Pedro Fonseca found himself on the right end of a lob in the box from Adam Wilson. Fonseca wiggled between a pair of Bisons and hammered the ball towards the ground and inside the right post for the final score of the match.
- Lipscomb evened the all-time series at 1-1 with the victory.
- The win was the second away from home for the Bisons. They are now 2-4 on the year on the road.
- Louisville outshot Lipscomb 14-7 overall and 8-5 in shots on target.
- Paynter’s goal was his fifth of the season while his assist was his second. He now leads the team in goals and in points (12).
- Paynter has scored in back-to-back matches for the first time this season. It was his first assist since registering a helper in the season opener against Belmont.
- Wynia and Robinson each potted their second goals of the season Tuesday. It give the Bisons six players with multiple scores.
- Jakubowski was credited with his first career assist. He now has three points in four career games.
- Keeper Chris Zappia came away with six saves. It’s the most in a match for the Purple and Gold since stopping seven at Jacksonville on Sept. 22.
- After not scoring more than twice in any of the first eight matches of the season, the Bisons have scored three times in three of their last five matches, including two straight.
- Lipscomb is 4-1 in its last five outings after opening the year 1-7.
The Bisons take to the air for their final road match of the regular season this weekend with a trip to NJIT on Saturday. Kickoff in Newark, New Jersey is set for 3 p.m.