|September 10, 2015||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|LIP||15:40||Maycie McKay (Brooke Brenner )|
|MT||37:19||JORGENSON, Emily (HAWKINS, Tori )|
|MT||51:37||KIRK, Taylor (GIBSON, Courteney )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MT|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (9)||23 (10)|
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Lipscomb (4-1-3) women’s soccer came away with a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Middle Tennessee (4-1-1) on Thursday night after 110 minutes of action.
With eight players sitting out due to various ailments, the result was a well-earned one for the Lady Bisons.
“It was a quality performance considering how banged up we are and coupled by the fact that MTSU has a strong team,” women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said.
“I’m satisfied with the result because our team showed a grit and determination that we haven’t displayed so far this season. Their never-quit mentality is something that makes me proud.”
The Lady Bisons struck first when freshman Maycie McKay slotted in a goal low near the left post in the 16th minute for a 1-0 lead. Fellow freshman Brooke Brenner connected with McKay for the assist on the play.
Middle Tennessee struck just before and after halftime with goals from seniors Emily Jorgenson in the 38th and Taylor Kirk in the 52nd to take a 2-1 lead.
The momentum shifts in this match were crazy,” O’Brien said. “We’d be all over them for a bit and then wham, it’s Middle on top. And then Lipscomb on top again. It was a good spectator match for sure. There was lots of end-to-end action.”
Lipscomb knotted the game up at two in the 66th minute thanks McKay's second goal of the night. She has now accumulated a team-high five goals.
Despite scoring chances and attacking opportunities from both sides, the game remained tied at two throughout the remainder of regulation and through two ten-minute overtime periods.
With so many players out, the Purple and Gold were forced to piece together lineups that had no experience playing together. As the game went on, the formerly unfamiliar lineups continued to gel.
“Rotating multiple lineups that have never played together is difficult, but our girls adapted well and I’d say finished the match the stronger side,” O’Brien said.
- Goalkeeper Anna Buhigas’ eight saves brought her conference-leading save total up to 40.
- The overtime match was Lipscomb’s third such match of the season, with the other two games resulting in scoreless ties with Tennessee and Cincinnati.
- Coming into the game, the Blue Raiders had only given up two goals all season, which was matched by the Lady Bisons in the draw.
- McKay has notched a team-high 22 shots and 12 shots on goal this season thanks to six shots, including four on goal, in the draw.
- Despite being outshot 23-14 overall, the Lady Bisons only trailed the Blue Raiders by one shot on goal (10-9).
- Lipscomb is now 0-4-3 against Middle Tennessee in the Division I era.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be taking on Mississippi State on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. It will be Lipscomb’s third matchup with an SEC team this season.