|October 12, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|FGCU||0:08||TINDELL,TABBY (WACKER,SHANNEN )|
|FGCU||6:01||WACKER,SHANNEN (TINDELL,TABBY )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (4)||21 (8)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team battled Florida Gulf Coast for the number one seat in the Atlantic Sun, but came up short falling 2-1 to the Eagles at the FGCU Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.
Both teams were fighting to clinch spots in the conference championship, so it was no surprise the competition was intense from the start.
Tabby Tindell put up the 1-0 advantage over the Lady Bisons eight seconds into the game. Shannen Wacker assisted on the play taking the ball down the center serving it to Tindell for the goal.
“It was an uncharacteristic start for us," said Lipscomb head coach Kevin O'Brien. "Giving up a goal eight seconds into the match is not typical for a team with a defensive record like ours."
Tindell’s second shot in the 7th minute was deflected to Wacker who sealed the opportunity with another FGCU goal for the 2-0 advantage.
Allowing two consecutive goals in the first 10 minutes, the Lady Bisons upped the ante on defense for the remainder of the first half holding the Eagles to 2-0 going into halftime.
In the 68th minute, Anna Lail cut the deficit to 2-1 after driving a 25-yard long shot over the goalie’s head for a Lipscomb goal.
"You cannot spot a talented team like FGCU goals and expect to win,” O’Brien said. "We made some adjustments within the match that really balanced things out and we were rewarded with a great goal by Anna Lail."
Lipscomb continued to demonstrate heavy defense during the second period refusing to allow any more goals by FGCU in the second half.
"The team showed great heart and determination today,” O’Brien said. “I'm very proud that they never stopped pushing for the equalizing goal."
The Lady Bisons fall to 9-5-2, 3-1-1 in the A-Sun while the Eagles advance to 12-3, 5-0 in the conference.
Goalie Anna Buhigas picked up her fifth loss of the season dropping her record to 9-5-2. FGCU’s Brittany Brown improved to 12-3.
- The Lady Bisons all-time record against the Eagles drops to 0-6-2. The match also marks the team’s first conference loss of the season.
- Lipscomb attempted seven shots placing four on goal.
- In her third-straight start of the year, Caroline Chadwell led the team with two shots with one of those put on goal.
- Buhigas collected six saves against the Eagles facing 21 shots. FGCU’s goalie had three saves.
- FGCU assumed six corner kicks while Lipscomb had two.
- The Lady Bisons have acquired 214 shots on the season, just four shots shy of breaking the school record.
Up Next: The Purple and Gold travels to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on USC Upstate in the Lady Bisons’ final road game of the season Friday Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. CST.