|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 kept everyone on the edge of their seats snagging a 1-0 win over Western Carolina in double overtime Friday night.
“It was a great game,” said Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien. “It was just two teams going at it, a wonderful Division I atmosphere.
“The competitiveness of both teams was excellent. I tip my hat to Western Carolina. They have a great squad, and I know they are going to have a great season.”
The two teams battled fiercely during the first half, but ultimately went into overtime scoreless.
“We had a great first half,” O’Brien said. “I thought the soccer we played was very good and very inspired.
“It was one of our better possession-halves. We created some nice chances.”
The teams built up momentum in the second half, but couldn’t find any scoring opportunities ultimately sending the game into overtime.
“In the second half, Western Carolina came out with a little bit of energy and physical commitment that kind of threw us off,” O’Brien said. “I thought they tilted the scale back toward themselves a little bit.
“Thankfully our girls answered the call. It took a little bit of time, but we finished the second half well.”
Both teams fought to open up game-winning opportunities during the first period of overtime, but still the score remained a draw.
In the 103rd minute, Brittany Rupple drilled a shot into the left corner of the net after an assist from Baylee Linnell.
“The beauty of the goal is we were talking to our players about the exploitable space that was out wide,” O’Brien said. “Molly Bray, in her first game off an ACL injury, got in and played a wonderful ball out wide where we were asking them.
“And we were rewarded ultimately with a great ball pulled back to the top of the 18, and that’s where Brittany met it to score one of the best goals I’ve seen in women’s soccer.”
With Friday’s victory the Lady Bisons, 3-2-1 on the season, begin a two-game winning streak. Western Carolina falls to 0-3-2.
“The team has created some great momentum,” O’Brien said. “A couple of wins in a row is always positive for the group because there’s just more belief in each other and the collective team.
“We’ll just continue to preach leaving it on the field, and when they do that I think we can compete with most teams in the country.”
- Rupple’s goal was her first goal of the season.
- The Lady Bisons took 11 shots for the evening. The Catamounts recorded eight shots.
- Both teams shared seven corner kicks each.
- The Purple and Gold defeated Western Carolina during the spring with a 2-0 win while Western Carolina picked up a 2-0 win last fall.
- The Lady Bisons begin their first winning streak of the year winning two in a row after defeating Austin Peay Monday night.
Up Next: Lipscomb begins a two-game road trip taking on Chattanooga Sunday Sept. 7. before traveling down the road to compete at Vanderbilt Friday Sept. 12.