|September 27, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||68:44||Linnell, Baylee (Rogers, Emily )|
|LIP||81:14||Springsteen, Caroyln (Lundy, Ellen )|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (2)||13 (6)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team continues to revise the record book after securing a 3-0 win over Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun opener.
The Lady Bisons improve to 7-4-1 and 1-0 in conference play breaking the school record for most wins in a season. The Owls fall to 3-7-1 and are 0-1 in conference play.
“It was a great conference game,” said Lipscomb head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “They are always a difficult team to play against. Every game in this league is a dogfight and we knew coming in Kennesaw had a great team."
Both teams were strong defensively during the first half, with limited scoring chances created for either side.
“We came out with a more defensive mindset in the first half because we knew KSU was coming off one of the their most potent offensive performances of the season," O’Brien said. “Overall, I thought we defended well and had some good possessions, but we just could not really break through.”
Going into the second half, the Lady Bisons made some tactical and personnel changes and the team came out the aggressor. A great solo dribbling effort by freshman Jade Abarca created the first goal, giving Lipscomb the 1-0 advantage.
“Our adjustments helped,” O’Brien said. “We came out and put them under more pressure than we did in the first half and it really paid off”.
An opportunistic Baylee Linnell blasted in the second goal of the game in the 69th minute as she pressed Kennesaw’s defenders in their own penalty area. A miscommunication in their penalty box created the goal - Linnell’s third goal of the season.
Sophomore Carolyn Springsteen put the game away late as she headed in a corner kick taken by Caroline Chadwell.
Lipscomb secured 13 shots and Kennesaw attempted 11. The Lady Bisons placed six shots on goal while the Owls put two on goal.
“It was a real team effort from top to bottom,” O’Brien said. “We probably played more players in this match than any other match in the season.
“I’m really excited that we’ve picked up three points against a very talented Kennesaw team and started conference play on a positive note. But it by no way gets any easier for us…we now shift our focus to next weekend as we prepare to host North Florida and last seasons Conference Champions Jacksonville.”
- The Purple and Gold picked up its second-ever victory over the Owls. Kennesaw leads the overall series 9-2.
- Abarca’s was credited with the game-winning goal, which was her first of the year. She took three shots putting two on goal.
- Sophomore goalie Anna Buhigas made two saves in her 11 shots faced. She also bettered her record to 7-4-1 on the season.
- Both teams recorded five corner kick opportunities.
- The Lady Bisons continue to improve the school record for most shutouts in a season, increasing the record to eight.
Up Next: Lipscomb kicks off a full weekend of home games hosting North Florida Friday Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. followed by Jacksonville Sunday Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.