|October 24, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|NKU||29:40||MUENCH, Aubrey (PATERYN, Hanna )|
|NKU||48:59||MUENCH, Aubrey (LAUMANN, Kelsey )|
|Stats at a Glance||NKU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||13 (6)||27 (9)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team may have fallen to Northern Kentucky 2-0 Friday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex, but the Lady Bisons still have lots to celebrate.
The team held a special ceremony before the match to honor the outgoing seniors for their hard work and commitment to the program the last four years. Karli Crosby, Baylee Linnell, and Brittany Rupple were the seniors honored.
Despite the upset against the Norse in the final game of the regular season, the Purple and Gold also managed to clinch the No. 2 seed in this year’s Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
“We’re really proud of the body of work the girls put together throughout the course of this season,” said Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien. “We’re excited, but we’ve got lots of work to do.”
The Lady Bisons started off the first half strong on the offensive side of the ball maintaining possession most of the half. They recorded 15 shots to NKU’s three by the end of the period.
“It was a difficult in the sense that I thought we played some really good soccer at times,” O’Brien said. “We moved the ball around and created great chances, but we just couldn’t find a way through.”
Aubrey Muench put the Norse up 1-0 in the 30th minute after a failed block attempt by Lipscomb goalie Anna Buhigas sent the ball rolling into the net from inside the box.
“They scored on a great counter attack,” O’Brien said. “It was a great taken goal. That kind of changed the complexity of the game.
“So even though I felt like we were a bit stronger and created more chances in the first half, they had the momentum going into halftime.”
Both teams kicked the offense into high gear for the second half with Lipscomb putting out 12 shots in the period while NKU attempted 10.
Muench came back in the 49th minute to secure another goal for the Norse warranting NKU the ultimate result.
“I was optimistic we would come out with a little bit of fire and a little bit of energy,” O’Brien said. “But another well-taken goal by the same player put us on the back foot.”
Lipscomb posted 27 shots with nine on goal at the final buzzer. NKU racked up 13 shots placing three on goal.
The Lady Bisons fall to 10-6-2, 4-2-1 in the A-Sun while NKU improves to 7-7-3 and 3-3-1 in conference play.
“I was proud of the girls in that they kept working, but we really couldn’t get through them,” O’Brien said. “They’re an organized team and that’s hard to break down and we were just incapable of doing that.”
- In securing the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, the Lady Bisons earned a first-round bye week and advance straight into the semifinals. The team made its first-ever appearance in the tournament last year competing in the first round ultimately falling to Kennesaw State 1-0.
- Freshman Jade Abarca led the Purple and Gold taking five shots. Anna Lail and Caroline Chadwell followed behind each taking four shots.
- Buhigas scooped up four saves while NKU’s Brooke Schocker collected nine. Buhigas’s record drops to 10-6-2.
- NKU’s Morgan Shafer received a yellow card in the 62nd minute.
- Lipscomb notched five corner kicks while the Norse picked up two.
The Lady Bisons hit the field Nov. 7 for the semifinals of the A-Sun Conference Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.