NEWARK, N.J. – The Lipscomb (11-3-4, 6-1) women’s soccer team closed out the regular season with a 1-0 win over NJIT (2-14, 0-7) in overtime.
Senior Alex Hickey slotted in the game-winner in the 97th minute off of an assist in the box from freshman Dominique Diller. Hickey now has five goals on the season, placing her second on the team. Three of her four shots in the game were placed on goal.
“It was one of those games that’s very frustrating to coach,” women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We played well enough to be up multiple goals, but we found ourselves deadlocked after 90 minutes. We created a ton of great opportunities, hitting the woodwork twice and missing 1 vs. 1’s, but we just couldn’t convert like normal.”
The Lady Bisons peppered NJIT with shots throughout the game, winning the shot battle 38-6 and netting 20 shots on goal to the Highlanders’ three. The previous season-high shots for the Purple and Gold was 19.
“I thought NJIT did a great job defensively,” O’Brien said. “They disrupted our ability to combine in the attacking third, and their keeper played splendid as well.
“It took a great switch by Dom and even better finish by Alex to get us the three points today.”
With the 1-0 result, junior goalkeeper Anna Buhigas tied the Atlantic Sun record for shutouts in a single season with 12. She made three saves in the shutout giving her 91 on the year.
- The matchup was the first between the two teams in each program’s respective histories.
- NJIT senior goalkeeper Samantha Berssett saved a program-record 19 shots in the game.
- Lipscomb won the corner kick battle 11 to one.
- Freshman Brooke Brenner led the Lady Bisons in shots with six, two of which were on goal. Junior Natalie DuBoise led the team with three shots on goal out of five shots. Sophomore Jade Abarca also added five shots and two shots on frame.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons next match will take place in the semifinal of the Atlantic Sun Tournament on Nov. 6. Lipscomb gets a first round bye and will face the winner of the fourth and fifth seed matchup.
“I’m pleased we are again at the top of the league, and that we’ve put a bit of pressure on FGCU.”