|September 06, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|VANDY||74:26||Claire Anderson (Lina Granados )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||VANDY|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (2)||20 (6)|
NASHVILLE – After going an Atlantic Sun record 606 minutes without giving up a goal to begin the season Lipscomb (4-1-2) finally allowed a goal in a 2-0 loss at Vanderbilt (3-3) on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Bisons’ defense held strong for most of the outing, thwarting off Vanderbilt’s attacks throughout the game. But in the 27th minute of action, Commodore junior Sasha Gray dribbled into the box and slotted in a goal to give Vanderbilt the go-ahead lead.
“That’s the reason we schedule the way we do,’ women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “It’s to get really tough games that are going to help teach us things about our own squad. We learned a lot about things we can work on to improve. In the end, for a program like ours, we want to be firing on all cylinders come conference season.
“I think this match exposed some areas that we really need to work on and develop. It’s a part of the process. You’re going to win some and you’re going to lose some. I’m glad we were able to take this result now in such a way that we can grow and get better from it.”
In the 74th minute, Vanderbilt junior Claire Anderson notched a second goal to take a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Bisons had shots on goal in each half, but were unable to produce a score. Sophomore Natalie DuBoise led the Purple and Gold with three shots and one shot on goal.
“I’m really proud of how they kept fighting,” O’Brien said. “This group didn’t quit until the final whistle. Even though we were down two goals, they were still sprinting, trying to win the ball and trying to develop attacks.
“To me, that’s just a little bit of insight into who these girls are. I’m proud of them, I’m proud ot be their coach.”
- This was the second of three games in which the Lady Bisons will take on SEC opponents this season. Earlier in the season, Lipscomb tied Tennessee 0-0 in Knoxville. The Lady Bisons will also take on Mississippi State later on in the year.
- Junior goalkeeper Anna Buigas added four saves to her A-Sun leading total. She now has 32 saves on the year.
- Vanderbilt outshot Lipscomb 20-9 with shots on goal being 6-2.
- The Commodores won the corner kick battle 9-3.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be taking on MTSU on Thursday in Murfreesboro at 7 p.m. followed by a clash with Mississippi State on September 13 at 1 p.m. at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.