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Friday, September 26, 2008MACON, Ga. - One week after hosting its first Division I tournament, Lipscomb’s men’s soccer team hosts its second tournament, the A-Sun/SoCon Shootout. The Bisons open the four-team event with the preseason favorite from the Southern Conference, Furman at 7:30pm CT on Friday in the A-Sun Game of the Week. The match can be seen on ASun.TV.
Lipscomb enters with a 3-4 mark riding a pair of wins in the Hyatt Place Select-Brentwood Invitational. Miguel DaSilva picked up the A-Sun Player of the Week award for his performance in the event. He scored twice during the tournament and assisted on the game-winning goal against UNC Asheville on Sunday. He leads the A-Sun in goals with six and total points, 13. The sophomore ranks among the top 20 in Division I in goals per game (15th, 0.86) and points per game (17th, 1.86). After allowing 13 goals in their last four games, all losses, Lipscomb limited Presbyterian and UNC Asheville to only one goal, combined, last weekend. Brent McGee allowed one goal in 135 minutes of action in net.
The Paladins enter the tournament with a three-game unbeaten streak. The streak started on Friday at the Wofford/Nike Soccer Classic with a 2-2 tie against Georgia State followed by a 5-0 win against USC Upstate. Furman’s most recent contest resulted in a 2-1 win against No. 19 South Carolina on Wednesday. Freshman Warren Creavalle scored the game-winning goal the 74th minute. The Paladins finished 2007 with a record of 19-4 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Among those four losses, a 2-1 overtime defeat to Belmont on November 2nd. Two days later, the Paladins and Bisons met in the regular-season finale and the Paladins took the match by a 3-1 score.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.