|September 13, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|MSU||20:40||Shelby Jordan (Mallory Eubanks )|
|MSU||37:02||Kennadi Carbin (Morgan Mills )|
|MSU||Tanya de Souza||90:00||0||2|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||22 (12)||6 (2)|
NASHVILLE – A banged-up Lipscomb (4-2-3) women’s soccer squad lost to Mississippi State (2-5-1) on Sunday at home 2-0.
The Bulldogs notched two goals in the first half, and held on to the lead throughout the remainder of the game.
“For us, this was a great opportunity,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “Whenever you play good teams that challenge you, you’re going to find weaknesses that you can work on.
“Whether its player adjustments or tactical adjustments, we have to be prepared to make those. I think a game like today shows areas we can improve, and the coaching staff will certainly work hard this week to make those tweaks that are necessary to put in good performances on Thursday and Saturday.”
Usual Lipscomb starters Jade Abarca and Carolyn Springsteen were out with injuries, as well as a host of other Lady Bisons, giving the Purple and Gold a short-handed squad for the afternoon.
Senior Shelby Jordan slotted in a goal off of an assist from sophomore Mallory Eubanks in the 20th minute.
“Mississippi State had some really talented athletes,” O’Brien said. “That was a difference-maker today. Some special athletes made special plays. They got them the goals that you need to win the match. So, hats off to them for that.”
Just before halftime, freshman Kennadi Carbin rocketed in a goal with freshman Morgan Mills setting it up with the assist.
Neither team was able to earn a goal in the second half despite attacking chances from both offenses.
“There’s growth taking place,” O’Brien said. “That’s always a positive. You’ve got young players getting experience, probably before I expected them to, but in the end that’s a positive thing. It’s going to make them better future players for the program.”
Goalkeeper Anna Buhigas notched ten saves in the defeat, moving her season total to 50. She leads the A-Sun in the category.
“We’re learning more and more about our players each and every match as the season goes on,” O’Brien said. “For me, it was a fair result. Mississippi State deserved to win, but we’re going to be better. When we play conference games, we will have learned how to make adjustments against a successful team.”
- Maycie McKay and Natalie DuBoise led the Purple and Gold with two shots and one shot on goal each. McKay leads the team with 24 shots on 13 shots on goal for the season. She also leads the team with five goals scored.
- Mississippi State is now 2-0 against the Lady Bisons in the Division I era.
- The Bulldogs outshot Lipscomb 22-6, and won the shots on goal battle 12-2.
- 17 Lady Bisons saw action in the defeat.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons host a tournament during the upcoming weekend. On Thursday they take on Akron at 7 p.m. and on Saturday they matchup with Western Carolina at 7 p.m.