JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Late in the second half of Friday night’s 1-0 victory for the Lipscomb (8-2-4, 3-0) women’s soccer team over Jacksonville University (2-7-2, 0-2-1), freshman Maycie McKay scored a game-winner with 22 minutes to play.
“It was another tightly-contested conference match,” women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “Both teams were very stingy defensively, and there was very little that separated the two sides. In the end, it was a scrappy play off of a set piece that won us the match.”
Sophomore Emily Rogers sent in the free kick on the play, setting up McKay to score the go-ahead goal to keep the Lady Bisons undefeated in Atlantic Sun play after three contests.
“It was a great delivery from Emily Rogers, and Maycie timed her run very well to get on the end of it,” O’Brien said. “I thought she slid the ball past the keeper with great composure.”
The game was a defensive battle throughout. Lipscomb’s defense, anchored by junior goalkeeper Anna Buhigas, posted its conference-leading ninth shutout in the victory. Buhigas also posted three saves, giving her 70 on the year.
Lipscomb’s backline, made up of various combinations of Niamh Rawlins, Carolyn Springsteen, Emily Shuler, Emily Rogers, Paige Miller and Alex Hickey, has proved to be the stingiest in the A-Sun so far this year. The Lady Bisons have allowed only eight goals through fourteen games, the best mark in the conference.
- McKay’s goal gives her a team-high seven for the season.
- McKay and sophomore Jade Abarca tied for the team lead with three shots in the game. All three of McKay’s were on goal, and two of Abarca’s were on frame.
- Lipscomb outshot Jacksonville overall 19-13, with an 11-3 shots on goal advantage.
UP NEXT: Lipscomb stays in Jacksonville for a matchup with North Florida on Sunday at 12 p.m.
O’Brien plans to rest his team before the quick turnaround with two games in three days.
“Tomorrow will be a regeneration day that hopefully will prepare us properly to put in another strong performance on Sunday versus UNF.”