Cincinnati, Ohio – Lipscomb (1-0-2) women’s soccer continued its unbeaten, unscored on beginning to the season with a 0-0 overtime draw against the Cincinnati Bearcats (1-1-1). It was the second overtime match in the first three games of the season for the Lady Bisons.
“It was a really great spectator game,” women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “I think both teams had spells where they were on top. They created some dangerous chances, so did we. In the end, I’m super proud of our group.”
The Lipscomb defensive backline, made up of Carolyn Springsteen, Niamh Rawlins, Emily Shuler and Emily Rodgers, and goalkeeper Anna Buhigas have now blanked three opponents in a row to start off the season with 310 consecutive scoreless minutes.
“Cincinnati’s got some real dynamic attacking players,” O’Brien said. “We’ve been locking teams down, and making it difficult to get real good looks on goal. Similarly to the Tennessee game, they outshot us; but it was shots that really weren’t that threatening. We’re willing to give up those kinds of opportunities to opponents and limit the really good, dangerous chances.
Buhigas, who earned the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week after her week one performance, notched seven saves in what was her third shutout of the season. She now has 22 saves on the year.
“Anna played another great match,” O’Brien said. “ I think Niamh has really stepped up as well. She’s come in playing centre-back for us this year, and she’s been rock solid. Partnering her with Carolyn Springsteen has been great. They’ve got a great partnership back there. They understand each other’s movements, and they communicate well together.”
The Lady Bisons have now come away with ties against two teams from major Division I conferences, a first for the program.
“I’m really proud of the grit and determination that this team is showing right now,” O’Brien said. “It’s showing a resiliency that we haven’t had in the past. We’re showing a belief that we can play with the top-tier Division I programs across the country. That was the goal when our coaching staff came in, to change the culture, to change the level of play within the program. It’s coming to fruition.”
With a quick turnaround before Sunday’s match against Jacksonville State, O’Brien says that everyone will need to be ready to contribute.
“That’s college soccer,” O’Brien said. “We will be tired. In Sunday games, you have to rely on a deeper squad and more players rotating through the team. We’re going to need it. We’re going to need everyone to play their part and to give the minutes we need against a good Jacksonville State team.”
- This was the first matchup between the two schools. It was the second season in a row that Lipscomb has taken on a team from the American Athletic Conference. Last season, they also tied Memphis after two overtimes.
- Cincinnati outshout the Lady Bisons 23 to 12, with Lipscomb putting seven shots on frame to the Bearcats’ nine
- Lipscomb earned nine fouls compare to Cincinnati’s six.
- In 2014, Lipscomb was 1-2-2 in overtime, including a 1-0 loss to Kennesaw State in the A-Sun Tournament. They are now 0-0-2 in overtime in 2015.
- Alex Hickey, Emily Shuler, Elizabeth Ashwood and Maycie McKay each led the Purple and Gold with two shots taken. Shuler was the only Lady Bison to put both shots on frame.
- Neither team earned a card during the 110 minute match.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back in action Sunday at home against Jacksonville State. Lipscomb will be taking on the Gamecocks at 1:00 p.m. at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.