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8/28/2011 | Memphis | Attendance: 344
Sunday, August 28, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A tough road test awaited Lipscomb Sunday night when they travelled to the Bluff City for a contest against the Memphis Tigers. Although they came out on the losing end by a 4-1 score, Lipscomb (0-2-0) has a clearer view of what they need to work on going forward for the rest of the regular season.
Lipscomb was on the defensive early on, with Memphis firing four shots in the first 20 minutes of the match. Senior Brent McGee played very good in net in the face of mounting offensive pressure from the Tigers.
In the first half, McGee made stops in the ninth and 24th minutes to keep the Memphis offense at bay.
Memphis assaulted the Lipscomb end during the first half, peppering the net with eight shots and earning an additional seven corner kicks.
Lipscomb’s best first-half chance came in the eighth minute, with freshman Ben Gates firing a laser into the right side that was stopped Memphis’ Conor Hurley.
Memphis senior Parker Duncan broke the Tigers into the scoring column in the 28th minute, taking a low cross from sophomore Mark Sherrod and sliding it past McGee.
McGee earned his keep again early in the second half, stopping two point-blank shots from Duncan right in front of the net to keep it close.
Sherrod gave Memphis an insurance goal off a Liam Collins corner in the 51st minute, heading it past McGee on the left side of the net.
Lipscomb senior Andrew Chamberlain put the Bisons second shot on goal of the evening in the 58th minute, but was stonewalled by Hurley.
In the 60th minute, Andreas Guentner took a cross from Jordan Johnson in the box and rifled it past McGee for the score.
Lipscomb junior Jeremy Reid rocketed in a late goal off a bad Memphis clearance of a Bison corner kick for the lone Bison goal of the contest. It was Reid’s second career goal and first since 2008 against North Florida.
Duncan tallied Memphis’ final goal of the contest, collecting a Thomas Shannon penalty kick that ricocheted off the post and giving him two goals on the contest.
Facing near-contest pressure from the Memphis offense, McGee made six saves on the evening in a losing effort.
It was a physical first road contest for the Bison, with Memphis’ Jordan Johnson (25’) and Lipscomb sophomore Isaac Pile (77’) earning yellow cards.
The Bison will have a few days to recover and get some more training in before a Thursday night match at High Point, beginning at 6 p.m. Lipscomb returns home Sunday, Sep. 4 to host Xavier in a 2 p.m. tilt.