|November 02, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||23:43||PEDERSEN, Ruben (SHAHEED, Malik , GULDEN, Noah)|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||LIB|
|Shots (on Goal)||20 (9)||7 (1)|
LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Lipscomb men’s soccer team closed out the regular season with dominant 1-0 shutout of Liberty at Osborne Stadium on Saturday night.
“If you look at the way we’ve played the last few weeks, it feels like we’re hitting our stride at the right time,” Lipscomb men’s soccer head coach Charles Morrow said.
The Bisons controlled the flow of the game throughout, notching 20 shots to Liberty’s seven, allowing one shot on goal while taking nine of their own, and keeping the Flames shut out of the goal.
“We created a lot of opportunities,” Morrow said. “There were a few moments defensively that we weren’t happy with, but for the most part defensively we looked really good.
Attacking-wise, we created so many chances. I wish that the boys’ hard work had paid off in some more goals, but at the end of the day we’ll take 1-0 victories every game from here on out.”
Lipscomb’s score came in the 24th minute as redshirt-junior Malik Shaheed and sophomore Noah Gulden teamed up to set up freshman Ruben Pedersen for the score.
The goal was Pedersen’s fourth of the season, the top mark on the team.
“Ruben did well to finish it,” Morrow said. “It was created by the players around him. You don’t often see a double assist on the road, but the ball played in by Noah was fantastic and Malik’s awareness to be able to find Ruben after that was really good.”
Freshman Michael Sibley made his return to the net, notching one save and earning his second shutout of the season.
Lipscomb improves to 5-8-2 (3-3 in ASUN play), while Liberty falls to 5-12 (1-5).
- Sibley, seniors Austin Eager and Ben Locke, sophomore Noah and Scott Gulden, and freshman Honore Kalala went the full 90 minutes for the Bisons.
- Gulden’s assist was his third of the season, while Shaheed’s was his second. Gulden is now tied with fellow sophomore Louis Robinson for the team high.
- Pedersen and Shaheed are now tied for the team lead with eight total points.
- Freshman Ruben Pedersen led the Bisons with six shots and three shots on goal. He currently leads the team in both categories with 24 and 11, respectively.
- Lipscomb earned five corners to Liberty’s two.
- Liberty was assessed one yellow card to Noah Holmes in the 79th minute.
- Lipscomb was whistled for 10 fouls and zero offsides.
NEXT: Lipscomb will begin the ASUN Tournament on Nov. 8 as the No. 5 seed. They will be taking on No. 4 North Florida in the first round at top seed NJIT’s home field.
“We’re happy to be in the tournament again,” Morrow said. “While we’ve got the longest active streak for any team being in the conference tournament, it’s not something that we take for granted.
"This year, I really like the group and our trajectory and where we’re at right now. We’re just taking it one game at a time and really looking forward to that quarterfinal game.”