|November 18, 2018||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|LIP||96:58||ROBINSON, Louis (EAGER, Austin , BIRCHFIELD, Ryan)|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UCF|
|Shots (on Goal)||8 (6)||19 (8)|
ORLANDO – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team continues its storybook season on Sunday when the Bisons take on the 14th-seeded UCF Knights in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 5 p.m. at the UCF Soccer Complex.
Lipscomb enters the match 9-9-1 after advancing past No. 25 Washington 5-4 in PKs Thursday night in Seattle, Washington. Backup keeper Luke Wilson entered in net and turned away two of UW’s six attempts, including the game-winner on the final shot.
The Bisons jumped on a plane early Friday morning and trekked back across the country to the Sunshine State, racking up over 4,500 air miles on the NCAA journey.
UCF enters the match 13-2-3 overall this season, including a 5-1-1 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Knights – ranked ninth in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25 poll – were denied the AAC tournament title after SMU claimed the victory by converting all five of their penalty kicks. The Knights scored the equalizer with 30 left in the match forcing extra time.
- UCF takes advantage when playing on their home pitch. In the last two seasons, the Knights hold an 8-1-2 record at the UCF Soccer Complex this season and 12-1-3 over their last two seasons.
- Andres Hernandez Betancur, Cal Jennings, Yanis Leerman, and Louis Perez each earned All-Tournament honors for the Knights. It is Perez’s second consecutive All-Tournament award after earning the accolade in the 2017 tournament.
- In a match that was decided by penalty kicks, the two-seeded SMU men’s soccer team took home the American Athletic Conference Tournament trophy after a 5-4 penalty kick advantage in the conference tournament final.
- This season, UCF has scored 26 goals after the first half compared to the 18 in the first. In their last three matches, the Knights have scored all of their goals after the first 45 minutes.
- Freshman Andres Hernandez Betancur picked a good time to net his first collegiate goal. With 30 seconds remaining in the match, Hernandez Betancur ripped a left-footed curler from just outside the 18-yard box placing it in the top corner for the equalizer.
- UCF is 2-1-2 this season against Top 25 opponents based on RPI. Wins against UConn and West Virginia, a loss against UC Irvine, and draws with Virginia Tech and SMU.
- The match will be the fourth time this season that Lipscomb has matched up with a top-25 team (Louisville, FGCU, Washington)
- The Bisons are in their second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
- With a victory on Sunday, the Bisons would have their sixth double-digit win season in program history. The previous five have come in head coach Charles Morrow’s tenure.
- Lipscomb is led by striker Logan Paynter. The senior has put together a special season after becoming the first player in ASUN history to be named the Player of the Year, the Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Tournament MVP.
- He also scored two goals in the ASUN championship match last Saturday to become the program’s all-time leading scorer with 35 goals. He broke the record, previously held by Garret Pettis (2008-11), with two goals in the ASUN Championship game.
- Paynter leads the team with nine goals, three assists and 21 total points.
- The Bisons have won six of their last eight matches matches.
- Keeper Chris Zappia has been stellar this season as he has been one of the conference’s best earning him a Second Team All-Conference honor.
- He was brilliant in net against the Huskies, reeling in a season high eight saves. He stopped four balls on a single possession in the first half.
- Zappia leads the ASUN with a 1.19 goals against average. He is second with a .757 save percentage and third in goals allowed (17) and fourth in saves (53).
- Ryan Birchfield is second on the team with four goals and 10 points.
- John Wynia is tied for third in the conference in assists with five and is a member of the All-Academic Team.