|November 04, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||12:06||LOCKE, Ben (EAGER, Austin )|
|Stats at a Glance||JU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||8 (2)||18 (7)|
NASHVILLE – For the second time in school history, the Lipscomb men’s soccer team will take the pitch as the ASUN Conference regular season champion and No. 1 seed in the tournament.
The Bisons quest for a championship begins Sunday at 2 p.m. when they take on the fourth-seeded Dolphins of Jacksonville in a semifinal bout at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Lipscomb (7-9-0, 5-1-0 ASUN) will make its 12th-consecutive appearance in the championship – the longest active streak in the ASUN.
The Purple and Gold will bring plenty of hardware into the matchup after claiming 17 postseason honors at Thursday’s award banquet.
Senior striker Logan Paynter made it a clean sweep by winning the ASUN Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. He also landed his fourth consecutive bid on the All-ASUN First Team as a unanimous selection.
Head man Charles Morrow was tabbed the ASUN Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
Joining Paynter on the first team was midfielder Ryan Birchfield and defenders Austin Eager and Noah Gulden. Keeper Chris Zappia was the lone selection on the second team.
The all-freshman squad and the all-academic team was dominated by the Bisons. On the all-freshmen team was Noah Gulden, Scott Gulden, Daniel Zapata and Louis Robinson. The all-academic team featured Paynter, Eager, Daniel Muhlbauer, Austin Strout and John Wynia.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Bisons downed Stetson 2-1 on Senior night last Saturday.
- After the Hatters took a lead early in the match, the Bisons responded with a pair of goals in a span of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
- Louis Robinson netted an equalizer in the 24th minute before Logan Paynter drilled the game-winner at 25:39.
- Chris Zappia came away with three saves.
- The win clinched a share of the ASUN title and the top seed in the tournament for the Bisons.
- The Bisons and Dolphins have met 22 times with JU leading 11-10-1.
- The teams met on Sept. 22 in Jacksonville in the ASUN opener for both squads.
- JU erased a 2-goal deficit to down the Bisons 3-2 in two overtimes.
- The Dolphins scored the game-winner with just 16 seconds remaining in the match.
- Lipscomb knocked off the Dolphins 2-1 in the ASUN Championship in 2017 in Jacksonville to earn its first conference championship and earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
SCOUTING #4 JACKSONVILLE:
- The Dolphins enter Saturday 5-12 overall after downing #5 Liberty on Friday in the first round.
- They opened the season 0-7 and have since gone 5-5.
- JU has reached the last two ASUN Championship Finals, and they look to become the first to do it in three straight years since UNF in 2013-15.
- They have scored in 10 straight contests, including a 4-1 victory over NJIT in September.
- 10 players have scored a goal this season for them, as seven have at least two.
- Reed Davis leads the way with five scores.
- Selemani Baruani paces the team with 12 points on four goals and four assists.
- Three keepers have spent time in net for JU, but it is Matt Levy who’s gotten the most time.
- Levy is 4-6 with a .716 save percentage. He has allowed 23 goals, stopped 58 and posted one shutout.
- Lipscomb has won six of its last eight matches after opening the season 1-7.
- For the season, Lipscomb is 4-5 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
- Logan Paynter leads the Bisons with seven goals, three assists and 17 points this season.
- Paynter is 9thon the NCAA’s active career leaders chart with 33 goals. He enters the semifinal one goal shy of tying the program’s all-time mark of 34 – set by Garret Pettis (2008-11).
- He is also four points shy of tying Miguel DaSilva’s (2007-10) points record of 82. His 78 career points are 11thon the active career leaders list in Division I.
- Keeper Chris Zappia is second in the ASUN with a .724 save percentage and GAA (1.45). He also stands third in goals against (16).
- The Bisons lead the ASUN with 94 corner kicks. Stetson is second with 88.
- Lipscomb ranks third in assists (22), and fourth in shots (193), shot percentage (.130), shots per game (12.1), shots on goal (88) and SOG percentage (.456).
- Their 25 goals are fifth most.
- Ryan Birchfield is second on the team with four scores and 10 points.
- John Wynia paces the Bisons with five assists on the year. All five helpers have come against ASUN opponents.
- 10 players have scored a goal for the Bisons this season, including six with multiple tallies.
- 12 have been credited with an assist. Seven of those 12 have multiple helpers.
A win Saturday for the Bisons would put them into their second consecutive ASUN Final. The match would be in Nashville and they would face the winner of the other ASUN semifinal - #2 FGCU and #6 Stetson – who also play on Sunday.