NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team broke another barrier for the program after ranking 10th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Southeast poll.
“What a great honor it is to be ranked in the most competitive region in the country as it relates to women’s soccer,” Kevin O’Brien, head women’s soccer coach, said. “I’m so happy for the players. Each girl on our roster has put in a ton of hard work to make this program competitive.”
The Purple and Gold won three games in a row for the first time in program history after defeating Austin Peay, Western Carolina, and Chattanooga last week. The team was shutout by Vanderbilt but bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Samford Sunday night picking up the program’s first-ever victory over the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Ellen Lundy continues to raise the bar for most career goals drilling in 18. She is tied for second in the A-Sun for goals scoring four this season.
Sophomore goalie Anna Buhigas sits tight as the number one goalie in the A-Sun for goals against average (0.56) and third in save percentage (.868).
Lipscomb sits in the top ten with eight Atlantic Coast Conference schools, six of which are ranked nationally in the top 25 (Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida State, North Carolina, Clemson, and Notre Dame).
“I’m thankful to God for showing us favor as we try to glorify him through the sport of soccer,” O’Brien said. “The soccer culture at Lipscomb has certainly transformed, for the positive, in the short time we’ve been in Nashville.”
The Lady Bisons, 5-3-1, continue to develop the program after an historic season last year. The team snagged a program-best record of 6-8-5 and 3-3-3 in conference play leading to the team’s first-ever appearance in the A-Sun Conference Tournament.
“The competitive nature of the players, attention to details in training, and overall spirit are so much better,” O’Brien said. “I’m not surprised to see the product on the field matching their commitment to excellence.”