|October 27, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|UPST||31:30||MURPHY, Ciara (SANZSOLE, Rebecca )|
|LIP||44:37||CHADWELL, Caroline (COLBERT, Alesondra )|
|LIP||76:57||LINNELL, Baylee (HICKEY, Alex )|
|Stats at a Glance||UPST||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||5 (1)||15 (7)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On a mission. That was the motto of this year’s Lipscomb women’s soccer team. The mission was to set out and make history for the Lady Bisons program.
That happened Sunday afternoon as the Lady Bisons won 4-1 over USC Upstate to qualify for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships.
The Spartans (4-11-3, 1-7-1 A-Sun) got on the scoreboard in the 32nd minute as Rebecca Sanzsole sent a corner kick into Ciara Murphy who then struck a low line drive into the right corner of the net.
With the first half appearing as it would end in a 1-0 Upstate lead, freshman Alesondra Colbert dribbled to the goal line on the right side of the field and crossed into sophomore Caroline Chadwell. Chadwell then put one touch on the ball and into the left portion of the net with just 23 seconds left.
“It felt like a Sunday afternoon game early on,” Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “Both teams lacked punch. They scored on a fantastic volley off a corner kick.
“I think it woke us up a little bit. We finished the first half better than we started.”
Just five minutes into the second half, freshman Ellen Lundy broke free from the defense. As she was getting ready to attempt her shot, a Spartan defender committed a foul setting up a Brittany Rupple penalty kick.
The junior converted the penalty kick for her first goal of the season.
Playing with the 2-1 lead in the 74th minute, déjà vu struck the Lady Bisons (6-7-5, 3-3-3 A-Sun) as Lundy again broke free and again was tackled in the box for a foul.
This time, Lundy took the penalty kick for her 14th goal of the year. A contender for A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Lundy finished the season co-leading the league in goals scored and points (31).
Four minute later, sophomore Alex Hickey took a free kick just in front of midfield on the right side of the pitch. Her kick sailed to the far post where junior Baylee Linnell stuck a foot out to connect on her seventh goal of the season.
With the 4-1 victory in hand, the team celebrated at the final horn as the Lady Bisons continue to make history during the 2013 season.
“We’ve had some young players step up and play a more senior role on the team,” O’Brien said. “It has surpassed my expectations.
“I am thrilled for the university. It is awesome to have the university pride and for fans to get excited about Lipscomb women’s soccer.”
The Lady Bisons travel to Kennesaw State Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the A-Sun Championships. Game time has not been determined.
“It is exciting to move the dial forward,” O’Brien said. ”Hopefully we can do something great in the conference tournament.”