|October 16, 2015||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|FGCU||42:33||VELEZ, Yazmin (ROGERS, Ali )|
|LIP||79:49||Alex Hickey (Maycie McKay )|
|FGCU||97:01||TINDELL, Tabby (SPECKMAIER, Paulina )|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||16 (9)||4 (3)|
NASHVILLE – In a clash between the top two teams in the Atlantic Sun standings, the Lipscomb (9-3-4, 4-1-0) women’s soccer team dropped an overtime thriller to Florida Gulf Coast (9-5-2, 4-0-1) 2-1 on Friday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“I’m really proud of the team,” women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We went down a goal to a very talented Florida Gulf Coast side.”
FGCU struck first as junior Yazmin Velez laserd in a shot from 25 yards out to put the Eagles ahead 1-0 in the 43rd minute.
The next 40 minutes played out similarly to the first 40, with both the Lipscomb and FGCU defenses making stop after stop.
In the 80th minute, the Lady Bisons broke through with the tying goal. Senior Alexs Hickey notched her fourth goal of the season, off of an assist from Maycie McKay, to send the back-and-forth match into overtime.
“I thought we defended well,” O’Brien said. “We limited their good, goal-scoring chances. It took a really special strike from20-25 yards out. You don’t see that too often. The way she hit it so purely, the power and placement, it was all very well taken.
“I thought we were dangerous,” O’Brien said. “I thought we created some good chances of our own. In the end, you have to take the chances you get, and we just weren’t able to convert.”
“The way that we showed resilience, and the way we battled back, as a coach you’re just really proud of that,” O’Brien said. “It showed a character from our players that you need to be a championship contender. And that’s what we’re working for.”
Seven minutes into the first extra period, FGCU junior and A-Sun leading goal scorer Tabby Tindell scored to give the Eagles the win, tying them with the Lady Bison atop the A-Sun standings.
“All-in-all, a gut-wrenching loss because the girls fought so hard and did so well, but that’s sports,” O’Brien said. “We’ll get another chance to play in just two days’ time to try to rebound and put a good performance together against a good Stetson team.”
- Junior goalkeeper Anna Buhigas had another solid outing, notching seven saves off of a potent FGCU offense. She now has 87 saves on the season.
- The two goals scored by FGCU were only the second and third goals the Lady Bisons have allowed in the month of October.
- McKay’s assist was her third of the year, giving her a team-high 17 points on the season.
- FGCU won the corner kick battle against Lipscomb 5-3.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons take on Stetson on Sunday at home at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.