NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb University’s women’s soccer team heads into the weekend’s second season of play, Friday, when they host Nicholls State, beginning at 5:15 p.m. following the men’s home opener against Georgia State. The game will be played at the LU Training Field behind Cofers Chapel Church on the corner of Caldwell Lane and Franklin Pike.
Last Friday, the Lady Bisons opened the season with a 1-1 tie against Arkansas State thanks to a fifth-minute penalty kick goal from senior Meghan McGuire. Junior keeper Erin Zerio made five saves in 110 minutes to preserve the draw.
Sunday, Lipscomb fell to Central Arkansas, 1-0. Zerio again played well in net, making six saves, but the offense mustered just four shots on goal and couldn’t beat the Bears Kelsey Gochnauer, who earned the shutout.
Zerio continues her assault on the Lipscomb record books, moving ever-closer to surpassing Bethany Copeland’s 157 saves for fourth all-time in Lipscomb history.
The Lady Bisons will be facing Nicholls State for the first time; the Colonels are a Southland Conference squad that started last season hot, going 6-2-1 before losing eight of their final nine matches.
The Colonels got off to another good start last weekend, defeating Spring Hill College and tying Louisiana Monroe. Freshman Kristy Tatom already has two goals and two assists on the season.
Sunday, Lipscomb will hit the road for its first away test of the season when the Lady Bisons travel to Martin, Tenn., for a 2 p.m. match against Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Martin.
Last season, Lipscomb lost a two-overtime heartbreaker due to a 101st-minute goal from Abi Sanvee; Zerio made four saves in that one despite getting saddled with the loss.
Tennessee Martin finished 8-8-2 last season, missing the OVC tournament after losing two of their final three matches.
The Lady Skyhawks opened the season with two victories at home, against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-1) and Georgia State (2-0); freshman defender Amy Maksimowicz and freshman keeper Mariah Klenke were named OVC Defensive Player of the Week and OVC Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively.
After the first weekend of action, several Lady Bisons are in the top-10 of conference categories. Junior Kameron Stilwell (five) and freshman Baylee Linnell (four) are tied for sixth and eighth, respectively, in the Atlantic Sun in shots taken, while McGuire is tied for tenth in points (two) and tied for fifth in goals (one).
In net, Zerio is fifth in GAA (0.90), third in save percentage (.846) and tied for second in saves (11); her saves tally is one behind North Florida’s Megan Dorsey for the A-Sun lead.
Among A-Sun squads, only Mercer and North Florida escaped the first weekend unscathed. Overall, A-Sun squads went 7-8-2 on opening weekend, garnering a losing record despite outscoring opponents, 30-25.