|October 11, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||7:51||Arielle Hansford (Emily Rogers )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UNF|
|Shots (on Goal)||8 (4)||19 (11)|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team pitched its 10th shutout of the season Sunday with a 2-0 victory over North Florida in Atlantic Sun Conference play at Hodges Stadium.
The win improves Lipscomb to 9-2-4 overall and 4-0 in the A-Sun, while UNF falls to 4-9 and 2-2.
"What a great weekend for the program," women's soccer head coach Kevin O'Brien said. "I believe that was the first six point (2 win) conference weekend in Lipscomb women's soccer history. And to do it against two strong opponents makes it even more impressive.
Freshman forward Arielle Hansford gave Lipscomb an early 1-0 advantage just 7:51 into the match when she netted a ball that bounced off the left post and into the net. The goal was the first of her career. Sophomore Emily Rogers provided the assist, her third of the year.
In the 62nd minute senior Alex Hickey administered some excitement for the Lipscomb sideline when she nailed a 20-yard bicycle kick from the middle of the box to extend the team’s unblemished run through the A-Sun.
Lipscomb goalie Anna Buhigas was called into action most of the day from an anxious UNF squad, but the junior produced another solid performance between the pipes. The reigning A-Sun Keeper of the Year scooped up 11 saves while facing 19 shots and five corner kicks. She now has a league-leading 81 stops on the year.
"Shots are a funny thing, and in my opinion, they're very subjective in soccer," O'Brien said. "It's all how you look at them. We are happy to give teams 30-35 yard shots against our goalkeeper. They are just losing possession doing so. The fact of the matter is that Anna only had to make two saves that really had any chance of scoring. We defended great again as a team, and secured another shutout. And that's hard to do in conference play."
The Lady Bisons have now posted three-consecutive road shutouts in conference play and have only allowed eight goals through 15 games.
- Hansford became the 11th Lady Bison to score goal this season.
- Rogers picked up her fifth point of the campaign after dishing an assist in each of the two games this weekend.
- Hickey had a team-high three shot attempts on the afternoon. She was the only Lady Bison to record multiple attempts.
- UNF outshot Lipscomb 19-8, including a 11-4 advantage in shots on goal.
- Lipscomb moves to 4-1-3 on the road this season.
UP NEXT: Lipscomb travels back to Nashville for an important showdown with Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The Lady Bisons hold a slight two-point lead atop the conference standings after FGCU got a late goal to down Kennesaw State 1-0 Sunday.