November 07, 20141st2nd1OT 2OT Final
Kennesaw State00011
KSU106:57MAHDI, Khatra (NELSON, Julia )
KSUSTURDIVANT, Olivia106:5703
LIPBuhigas, Anna106:5714
Stats at a GlanceKSULIP
Shots (on Goal)17 (5) 8 (3)
Corner Kicks46
Yellow Cards10
Women's soccer closes out season with 1-0 loss to KSU
Friday, November 7, 2014
Women's soccer closes out season with 1-0 loss to KSU

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team posted a phenomenal season and set its sights on defeating the team that knocked the Lady Bisons out of their first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament last year.

The Lady Bisons fell 1-0 in double overtime to Kennesaw State Friday night in Fort Myers, Florida in the A-Sun Semifinals.

“It was a really difficult result tonight,” said Lipscomb head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “The performance of the players was excellent. They dug in, played well against a good Kennesaw team, and created some good opportunities. It was just a disappointing goal to give up.”

Lipscomb capped off its best season yet locking in an overall record of 10-7-2 and 4-2-1 in the A-Sun, both program bests. The team broke the school record for most wins in a season (10), most shutouts in a season (11), and most shots in a season (262).

“My heart goes out to our players,” O’Brien said. “The most important message I want them to know is how proud of them I am for the effort they’ve put in, the development they’ve made, and how they’ve worked hand-in-hand. They’re a unified group that fights to the end and we certainly did that tonight.”

Both Lipscomb and Kennesaw turned up the defensive pressure in the first half sending the game into halftime with no goals scored. Lipscomb recorded two shots during the first period while Kennesaw State attempted four.

The defensive battle continued into the second half with Lipscomb adding five more shots and Kennesaw taking eight more with no goals recorded.

After one period of scoreless overtime, the two teams continued to vie for a spot in the championship round in double overtime.

Khatra Mahdi nailed the game-winning goal in the 107th minute to advance the Owls to the A-Sun Tournament finals. Julia Nelson served the ball to Mahdi who carried it 30 yards for the goal.

The game in Fort Myers marked the end of three careers for Lipscomb. Seniors Baylee Linnell, Brittany Rupple, and Karli Crosby all played substantial roles in getting the team where it is today.

“The senior class has been excellent with the way they’ve believed in the new coaching staff and in the way they’ve carried the torch and led the team,” O’Brien said. “Unfortunately at the end, we only have one of the three playing, but I’m just really proud of Baylee, Karli, and Brittany. I wish them the best in their future careers.”

The Lady Bisons posted eight shots against Kennesaw putting three on goal. The Owls took 17 shots seeing five on goal.

Sophomore Anna Buhigas ended the season with a goalie record of 10-7-2 and made four saves.

Despite the allowed goal Friday night, Buhigas broke the record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 15. She broke the record last year with 22.

Quick Hits:

  • The last time a semifinal round went into double overtime was in 2008. Kennesaw State is the second-ever No. 6 seed to advance to the championship game.
  • Linnell and Anna Lail led the Lady Bisons in shots each recording two.
  • Lipscomb picked up six corner kicks during the match while Kennesaw collected four.
  • Closing out the season, Lail led the Purple and Gold in points (13) and shots on goal (13). She is tied with Ellen Lundy for most goals with five.
  • Natalie DuBoise took the most shots for Lipscomb attempting 28.