|September 05, 2014||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|LIP||102:45||Rupple, Brittany (Linnell, Baylee )|
|Stats at a Glance||WCU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||8 (2)||11 (3)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team will gear up for another aggressive match hosting Western Carolina Friday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“It’s going to be a very competitive game,” said head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “We know their coaching staff very well and their players well since we played them in the fall and the spring.
“They have strong players who compete well together as a group. It’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
The Lady Bisons, 2-2-1 on the season, enter competition fresh off a 2-0 victory over Austin Peay Monday night in Clarksville while the Catamounts, 0-2-2, will pursue their first victory of the season after tying High Point Sunday afternoon.
“I feel like coming off the Austin Peay result, we have some positive momentum,” O’Brien said. “Our team played probably it’s most complete game of the season on the attacking side and the defensive side.
“It’s going to take another 90-minute performance like that to get a result against a good team like Western Carolina.”
In 2013, the Lady Bisons suffered an upsetting loss to Western Carolina after a 2-0 decision in the season opener.
“I think we’ve matured,” O’Brien said. “Our returning players have matured and understand the system we are playing better. Tactically I think they are just older and wiser.
“But we’ve also added some talented newcomers who have created more competition within our team, which is invaluable and something we really needed to help move our program forward.”
Western Carolina is led by junior Markie-Lynn Studnicky who has recorded 11 shots and six shots on goal while the team as a whole ranks fifth in the Southern Conference in shots taken with 47.
Freshmen Natalie DuBoise and Mary-Stewart Schwarz sit atop the list of top shooters for Lipscomb each with seven shots for the season. Sophomore Alesondra Colbert currently leads the Purple and Gold in goals scoring two.
Western Carolina goalie Carly Tinstman sits in the third-place ranking for goals against average with 1.07 while Lipscomb goalie Anna Buhigas ranks second in the Atlantic Sun with a goals against average of 0.83.
After Friday’s match, Lipscomb begins a two-game road trip stopping at Chattanooga Sept. 7 and Vanderbilt Sept. 12.