NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team saw a three-game winning streak fall as they suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Vanderbilt Friday night.
“I was very proud of the girls,” said head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “I thought they played well on both sides of the ball.
“Vanderbilt is a real athletic team, and I thought we dealt with their athleticism well. We created some good chances, maybe not as many as I would like, but ultimately it was a great competitive Division I soccer game.”
The first half was a battle between defenses with the score remaining 0-0 for much of the half.
“The good news is we matched them pretty straight up, which I was proud of,” O’Brien said. “Soccer is a game of chances. They had one clear cut chance on a little bit of a breakdown on our team and took advantage of it.
“Ultimately that’s what it’s all about. But if you take that away it was two teams going at each other, one great chance for them and a great chance for us.”
In the 43rd minute, Vanderbilt’s Gena Inbusch scored the only goal of the game with a shot from the far left wing into the right corner of the net. Ashley Oswald assisted on the play.
The defensive clash continued throughout the second half. Lipscomb took two shots in the final 45 minutes and Vanderbilt attempted seven.
“The back four have been rock solid for us all year,” O’Brien said. “It’s been a consistent group now for several games in a row. They did their jobs well, and we’re just thoroughly proud of them.”
Lipscomb falls to 4-3-1 on the season while Vanderbilt improves to 4-3-0.
- Lipscomb finished with eight shots, three of those on goal. Vanderbilt saw 15 shots placing eight on goal.
- The Lady Bisons have collected a total of 106 shots so far this year converting 13 into goals.
- Sophomore Ellen Lundy leads the team in shots taking 13 while sophomore Alesondra Colbert leads the team in shots on goal with six.
- Anna Buhigas, Carlotta Fennefoss, Alex Hickey, Emily Shuler, and Emily Rogers competed in all 90 minutes of action against the Commodores.
- Buhigas finished the night with seven saves.
- Vanderbilt picked up six corner kicks and Lipscomb had three.
The Purple and Gold host Samford Sunday at 6 p.m. before hitting the road to take on Arizona Friday Sept. 19.
“I’m excited, it’s going to be a real quick turn-around because Samford is a great soccer team,” O’Brien said. “We’ve got to heal our aches and mend our bruises and figure out how to come out and play with that same kind of commitment, intensity, and unity.”