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Middle Tennessee (1-1-0)
8/29/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 184
Friday, August 29, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team fell to Middle Tennessee 2-1 Friday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex after sending the game into overtime.
The Lady Bisons drop to 1-2-1 while the Blue Raiders improve to 1-1-0.
“It was a tough game tonight,” said Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien. “We’re really proud of our team. We didn’t have the start we’ve been having and unfortunately MTSU took advantage of it.
“The reality is it was our fourth game in a week’s time, which is difficult on any squad. When you pair that up with a good MTSU team, the combination of things made our start very lackluster.”
Junior Grace Summers scored the first goal of the night in the 23rd minute. Summers was assisted by sophomore Angie Lai after a pass inside the box opened up the shot.
The Lady Bisons came back in the second half with a goal of their own. Baylee Linnell scored the first goal for Lipscomb in the 82nd minute after a stunning assist from Paige Miller coming off a Lipscomb corner kick.
“I felt like in the second half getting the goal back was excellent to send it into overtime,” O’Brien said. “It was a good goal. Ours was off the set piece as well.
“In the end, being successful off set pieces is all about who wants it more. I think we showed that in that situation. It was a great delivery by Paige. We were hungry to get a goal, and we got on the end of it.”
Summers hit the net again in the 99th minute for Middle Tennessee after a corner kick was deflected off a teammate and into scoring position.
“Unfortunately for us MTSU caught us on the counter-attack and created a corner kick and capitalized,” O’Brien said. “It’s difficult when you have all the numbers in the box. But they were first to it. They were hungry and scored a good goal.
“But I’m very proud of the team. They were tested in a way they haven’t been this year and showed some real character.”
Up Next: The Purple and Gold travel to Clarksville, Tennessee Monday Sept. 1 to clash with Austin Peay.
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