|October 23, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|MEM||63:43||ROBERTS, Ben (IERIDES, Alexandros )|
|Stats at a Glance||MEM||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||12 (7)||8 (2)|
NASHVILLE – In its final nonconference game of the season, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team fell 2-0 against Memphis at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex on Tuesday night.
“I’m disappointed in the result,” said Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow. “More so than the result, I am disappointed in the performance. We have plenty of guys on the field that are veteran enough that we expect a better performance.”
The Bisons fielded a young lineup with six freshmen and four sophomores in the XI. Only senior Austin Strout took the field as an upperclassman. In the 20’ minute, forward Daniel Zapata almost put Lipscomb ahead. The freshman took a look far post, but his shot ricocheted off the woodwork and out of danger. The sides combined for only eight shots in the first half.
Half number two was a much different story as Lipscomb found itself on the back foot from the whistle. Sophomore keeper Luke Wilson, starting in the nonconference midweek clash, kept the game scoreless with a massive diving save on a Memphis breakaway in the 56’ minute. The Tigers maintained the pressure and finally found the breakthrough in 64’ minute.
On a corner kick, Alexandros Ierides found the head of Memphis captain Ben Roberts for the opening salvo of the match. Then just seven minutes later, the Tigers found the net again. On a counter attack, it was Ierides this time netting one for himself to beat Wilson far post doubling the Memphis lead.
The loss is just the second in the last seven for the red-hot Bisons. Oddly enough, Lipscomb finished nonconference play 2-8 despite a 4-1 record, and a first-place standing, in ASUN play.
More importantly, the Bisons come out of the game with no injuries as they prepare for the final game of the season, at the Complex on Saturday night. A win over Stetson at 7 p.m. would wrap up Lipscomb’s second-ever ASUN regular season championship and insure the Bisons would never leave home in the ASUN Tournament.
“If they need any motivation going into the weekend, I think this game should serve as plenty,” said Morrow. “They need to be ready to go come Saturday. Stetson is at the bottom of the table, but they don’t play like a team at the bottom of the table. It’s certainly a game we have to be ready for.”