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9/15/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 75
Sunday, September 15, 2013
NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Lipscomb men’s soccer team scored just enough in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cleveland State at E.S. Rose Park on Sunday.
Coming off back-to-back shutout losses, the Bisons (3-2-0) played perhaps their best defensive game of the season.
“The defense was the story of the game,” said Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “To me, the backline defenders were the players of the game.”
The defense gave the Bisons their first shut-out of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe was credited with five stops in front of the net and improved his record to 3-2-0.
Lipscomb scored on a counter by Zander El-Hindi in the 37th minute. The goal was El-Hindi’s first on the season.
Josue Chavez assisted on the play for his first of the season.
Morrow was happy with his squad’s turnaround after Friday’s loss.
“I think the guy's energy and commitment today was much better than what we saw on Friday,” Morrow said. “We can still do better as a team but I was pleased.”
The first half was plagued with brush-ups and fouls. Cleveland State (2-4-0) was given three yellows and one red card in what was a heated half. Sergio Manesio was handed a yellow card at the 21:42 mark before capturing a red card and a disqualification four minutes later.
“I thought our guys did a pretty good job of keeping their heads in a heated game early on,” Morrow said. “They did a good job of focusing on what they could control, that is a good thing.”
Chavez was the only Bison given a yellow for the game just after the 36-minute mark.
In the second half Cleveland State out shot Lipscomb 4-2 but was unable to find the net on good looks. Bledsoe played a hand in the result coming up huge with a diving save on a free kick that found its way through the Bison wall in the 71st minute.
Both teams ended the match with six shots. The Bisons put all six of their shots on goal, but only needed one to find the net.
“The game was a little more difficult than we needed it to be,” Morrow said. “Cleveland State committed so many numbers forward and our guys found it difficult to capitalize with so few numbers in the back.”
Lipscomb returns to action next weekend when the Bisons host the Hyatt Place Select Lipscomb Invitational at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. The Herd will play Friday Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. against Appalachian State before facing Central Arkansas at 2:30 on Sunday. Belmont will be the fourth team in the Invitational but will not face the Bisons.