NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team kicks off the first conference game of the year when it hosts Kennesaw State Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The Lady Bisons are fresh off a record-breaking preconference shutout over Grand Canyon University.
Going into Friday’s match, the Lady Bisons, 6-4-1, are tied for second in the Atlantic Sun while the Owls, 3-6-1, are fourth.
The last time the two teams met, Kennesaw State sealed a 2-1 victory in the A-Sun Quarterfinals over Lipscomb bringing the team’s first-ever appearance in the A-Sun tournament to an end. Prior to the tournament, Kennesaw defeated Lipscomb 2-1 during conference play.
The Lady Bisons are coming off a 1-0 victory over Grand Canyon where senior Baylee Linnell scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute to secure Lipscomb’s seventh shutout of the season breaking the school record set last year.
Lipscomb goalie Anna Buhigas continues to lead the A-Sun with a goals-against average of 0.73. She also ranks second in the conference in save percentage (.849) and is tied for third in goals against (8).
Scouting the Owls:
The Owls celebrated a 4-2 victory over Samford Sunday night. Brittney Reed and Marit Sandtroeen scored the first two goals for the team while Maggie Gaughn drilled in the final two goals.
Kennesaw ranks fourth in the A-Sun for shots taking 115 and second in goals against with 19.
Gaughan is second in the conference for points picking up 10 and goals with five.
Kennesaw goalie Olivia Sturdivant has seen 728 minutes inside the goal for the Owls making 31 saves, sporting a save percentage of .705. Sturdivant played all 90 minutes against Samford.
- The Lady Bisons maintained a top-10 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Southeast poll this week. The team made its first-ever appearance in the poll last week.
- Kennesaw holds the all-time advantage over Lipscomb seeing victories in nine out of 10 games played against the Lady Bisons.
- Lipscomb averages 1.55 goals per game, 12.8 shots per game, and has a shots-on-goal percentage of .504.
- The Purple and Gold are tied for first in the conference with Jacksonville for most shots taken, both with 141. The team is also tied with Florida Gulf Coast for most goals with 17.
- The team’s 17 goals this season is the second-most in school history. Last year the team broke the record with 33 goals.
- Sophomore Ellen Lundy leads the Lady Bisons gathering eight points, four goals, 19 shots, eight shots on goal, and two game-winning goals for the season.
- The Purple and Gold rank 24th in the nation in shutout percentage (0.636).
- Senior Brittany Rupple is out for the remainder of the year with multiple concussions.
- The team has three yellow cards going into Saturday’s game.