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Western Kentucky (1-0)
8/22/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 144
Alabama A&M (0-1-0)
8/24/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 137
Thursday, August 21, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team opens up the regular season with two home games against Western Kentucky and Alabama A&M at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex this weekend.
“I think the team is in great shape going into this first weekend of the regular season,” said Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien. “They’ve worked hard all preseason. They’ve put in a couple of good performances.”
The Lady Bisons are coming off a strong preseason after shutting out Southeast Missouri 1-0 and Belmont 2-0 this past week.
Returning for the Purple and Gold is sophomore Ellen Lundy who led the team last year in goals with 14 and points with 31.
Senior Baylee Linnell will play her final season in a Lipscomb jersey. Linnell led last year’s team with 41 shots and 19 shots on goal.
Also returning for their final bouts as Lady Bisons are seniors Brittany Rupple and Karli Crosby while sophomore Anna Buhigas returns in the goal.
O’Brien added nine new players for the 2014 season, all bringing their own depth and aptitude to the Lady Bisons roster.
“We are certainly a stronger team than we were a calendar year ago,” O’Brien said. “I’m optimistic. That’s going to enable us to have more depth.
“It’s going to enable us to rotate the squad around so we have fresher players on the field. Ultimately that’s going to better our product.”
After a 2-1 loss to WKU last year, O’Brien is ready to get back on the field with the Lady Toppers and escape the weekend with a victory.
“Western Kentucky is a very good team,” O’Brien said. “We had a chance to play them last year. It was the first time we got to see them play.
“They have a great coaching staff. I think they are one of the more formidable teams on our schedule.”
While the team has had success against Alabama A&M in the past, the Purple and Gold are still planning for a challenging contest.
“Even though we had some success against them last year doesn’t mean for an instance that success is guaranteed this year,” O’Brien said. “We’re preparing just as hard for them as we would any other opponent.
“They’re going to be a good team. Hopefully we can show up and put in a good Sunday afternoon performance.”
The team may be set and ready to step into another year of competition, but the training required is still pertinent to producing solid results.
“I feel good about the matchups,” O’Brien said. “In the end, we’ve got to come out and produce. You’ve got to take care of your chances when you’re allotted them.
“Ultimately you’ve got to be very organized and together defensively. That’s been a focus in training is trying to work on our collective defending. If we can execute well, we’ve got a good chance.”
The team takes on WKU Friday at 7 p.m. before facing off with Alabama A&M Sunday at 2 p.m.
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