NASHVILLE – In the first home game of the 2015 season, Lipscomb women’s soccer shut out the Ball State Cardinals 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Coming almost immediately off of a hard-fought, scoreless tie against Tennessee on Sunday, the Lady Bisons earned another shutout, bringing their regular season goalless streak up to 200 consecutive minutes.
“It was hard work,” head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “Ball State is a great team. I think they’re going to have a great season. I’m really proud of our players. They dug in. They were tired physically. They were tired mentally, but they did what it took to get the results.
“I told them before the game, Sunday games are a grind,” O’Brien said. “They’re hard all season long. This is our first Sunday test, and they passed with flying colors.”
The Purple and Gold notched its first goal in the 16th minute. Defender Emily Rogers sent in a soaring cross that was headed over Ball State keeper Alyssa Heintschel’s outstretched hands by forward Elizabeth Ashwood.
“That was a great goal,” O’Brien said. “She can head the ball as well as any female player that I’ve ever worked with. It was a great service, and great delivery. Her timing was impeccable, and she headed it about as clean as you could.”
Goal number two for the Lady Bisons came five minutes after the start of the second half. Freshman midfielder Maycie McKay followed up her own shot off the post with a tap in to the back of the net to give Lipscomb the 2-0 lead.
“The second goal was scrappy,” O’Brien said. “It was off a set piece. The pressure was good, and Maycie, thankfully, was opportunistic in the right spot and was able to poke it home.”
Goalkeeper Anna Buhigas came up big in the shutout, notching nine saves, including six in the second half.
“Really, really proud of the back four, the goalkeeper, and you even have to add our holding midfielder into the mix” O’Brien said. “They’ve been solid. Four games straight with four shutouts [including preseason] against some really talented players.
“I can’t say enough. They work well together as a unit. They’re stingy. They know when to tackle and step in at the right times. I’m really proud that they’re on my team and not our opponents.”
- Buhigas, the 2014 A-Sun Goalkeeper of the Year, now has 15 saves on the season to go along with her two shutouts.
- Ashwood scored her second career, and first season goal, while McKay scored the first goal of her young career.
- Lipscomb out-saved Ball State 9-7, but Ball State took more shots (21-12). Both teams had nine shots on goal.
- Ball State earned 13 fouls to Lipscomb’s four.
- Lipscomb and Ball State now have one win apiece in the series between the two.
- Lipscomb and Ball State each entered several players into the match. The Lady Bisons played 19, while Ball State fielded 20 throughout the game.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons have two games coming up this week at Cincinnati at 6 p.m. on Thursday and against Jacksonville State at 1 p.m. on Sunday.