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#6 Lipscomb (6-8-5)
#3 Kennesaw State (9-8-1)
11/2/2013 | Kennesaw, Ga. | Attendance: 641
Friday, November 01, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Playing in its first Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament game in the history of the program, the Lipscomb women’s soccer team travels to Kennesaw State in the quarterfinal round in Kennesaw, Ga.
“We’re just pumped about what we have achieved this season as quickly as we have,” Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “The girls set this as a goal in preseason.
“The goals have been hanging on the locker room door and every time they walk in and out they are reminded about what they set out to do.”
The Lady Bisons, 6-7-5 overall and 3-3-3 in the A-Sun, fell 2-1 in the first meeting this year to Kennesaw State on Sept. 27. The Owls are 8-8-1 overall and finished the A-Sun season 5-3-1 to earn the No. 3 seed.
The Sept. 27 meeting was a competitive but saw the Lady Bisons fall due to two set piece goals. That is an area where O’Brien thinks the Purple and Gold has strengthened and an area to focus on to find the victory.
“It is going to take being strong on set pieces,” O’Brien said. “We’ve got to be really strong and combative in the air, winning headers and challenges.
“Ultimately it was a competitive game. They created some chances in the run of play and we created chances. What separated us in that result was their ability to finish on those two corner kicks.”
The Lady Bisons will be trotting out two All-Conference team members for the first time in school history Saturday. Freshman Ellen Lundy was named to the First Team while freshman Carlotta Fennefoss was awarded the Second Team as announced by the A-Sun Thursday.
Lundy has set a myriad of records for the Lady Bisons this season including 14 goals and 31 points, which co-led the conference.
With Lipscomb entering the quarterfinal round as the No. 6 seed, O’Brien is confident in what the Lady Bisons can do and said a playoff game comes down to who wants it the most.
“Even though we are the underdogs, there is no doubt that we can get a result,” O’Brien said. “The beauty of a single-game elimination is the team that comes out with the most energy, a well prepared game plan and execute its chances will win.”
He added that what they learned in the first meeting will help in the second go around.
“I believe some adjustments that we are making should make it even more competitive,” O’Brien said. “And maybe tilt the scales in our direction. It is going to be a tough game.”
Kickoff at Fifth Third Bank Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Winner of Saturday’s match will earn a trip to the tournament semifinals hosted by Florida Gulf Coast in Ft. Myers, Fla.