|October 03, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||12:22||Alex Hickey (Natalie DuBoise )|
|UPST||49:28||VENABLE, Hailey (KEENER, Caroline )|
|Stats at a Glance||UPST||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||4 (2)||17 (8)|
NASHVILLE – For the first time in program history, the Lipscomb (7-2-4) women’s soccer team has started off Atlantic Sun Conference season with two consecutive victories after Saturday night’s 2-1 victory over the USC Upstate Spartans (2-8-1).
“It’s exciting,” women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “I’ll be honest with you: for me, it gives us a little bit of an edge by picking up six points early. We’ve got a lot of tough games ahead of us, but at the moment we’ve had a good start. We have to continue to perform well and perform together. We have two really tough games next weekend in Florida that are going to be very challenging, but overall I’m pleased.”
Senior Alex Hickey notched her second goal of the season to give the Lady Bisons a 1-0 lead early in the first half. Hickey played in an assist from Natalie DuBoise past Upstate keeper Ellen Bright in the 13th minute.
Almost immediately after the second half kickoff, sophomore Emily Rogers slotted in a goal from deep to give Lipscomb a 2-0 lead in the 46th minute.
“I thought, especially in the first half, that we moved the ball well,” O’Brien said. “We created a lot of chances. Our movement was good off the ball. We got lots of early service in, and had good runs at goal. In the end, it was a very strong first half performance.”
Less than five minutes later, senior Rachel Baylor got the Spartans on the scoreboard after scoring on a two-on-one fast break. Fellow senior Caroline Keener laid the ball over to Venable who placed it past Lipscomb goalkeeper Anna Buhigas.
“Unfortunately I thin, in the second half, we started off well, but then Upstate got a goal against the run of play,” O’Brien said. “It really changed the tempo and momentum of everything. I feel like we didn’t manage the game nearly as well as we could have. That’s an area that we need to improve on quite honestly.”
Even with the hot start to conference play, O’Brien and the team know that there will be more tough games coming up on the A-Sun slate.
“I feel like we have done well in both games,” O’Brien said. “Neither have been really complete games. There have been some areas where we’ve been deficient, but hopefully we can sort that kind of stuff out this week in training and put together two great games this upcoming weekend.”
- Lipscomb outshot USC Upstate 17-4 on the night, including an 8-2 shots-on-goal advantage.
- The Lady Bisons have only given up one goal in 200 minutes of conference play, the best mark in the A-Sun.
- Rogers’ goal was the first of the season for the defender and the second of her career.
- The Purple and Gold won the corner kick battle 10-0 over the Spartans.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will travel to Jacksonville to take on the Dolphins on Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m., followed by a tilt with North Florida on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m.