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Middle Tennessee (1-1-0)
8/29/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 184
Thursday, August 28, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team will exchange kicks with Middle Tennessee Friday night as the Lady Bisons host the Blue Raiders at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The Purple and Gold aim to capture a victory after bringing home a 0-0 draw after two overtimes against Memphis Tuesday night.
“We’re looking forward to building on what we did against Memphis,” said head coach Kevin O’Brien. “I thought it was an incredible display of collective defending for our group. Now we have to develop a little bit more dynamic attacking play.
“We need more creativity. We need a little bit better understanding of how to combine off each other. We’ll work on that this week and hopefully put it into place on Friday night.”
The Blue Raiders are one game into the season before they make the trip to the “Music City.” The team clashed with Belmont Sunday where they lost to the Bruins 1-0 in overtime.
The teams finished the 2013 season with similar results. Lipscomb enjoyed a program best 6-8-5 overall record while Middle Tennessee concluded the year with an overall record of 6-8-4.
“In the end, the one that takes advantage of their chances wins the game,” O’Brien said. “For me we have to keep the players focused and concentrated. It’s going to take a lot of work from the players.
“They’ve got a great team. We’re just going to go out and give it our all.”
In its last six stints against Middle Tennessee, Lipscomb has not defeated the Blue Raiders. Last year, the matchup between the two teams ultimately ended in a 0-0 draw in double overtime.
“I feel like we have a lot of strength on our squad,” O’Brien said. “I believe in the players. They’ve been growing together as a team.
“We hope to break that whammy and get the first victory against MTSU. I think we’re capable of it. It just comes down to taking our opportunities when we get them.”
The match is scheduled to begin Friday at 7 p.m. The Lady Bisons are back on the road Monday at Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tennessee.
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