Women's soccer redefines success in 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
By Kevin O'Brien
Women's soccer redefines success in 2015

NASHVILLE

2015 Season

The most wins and fewest losses in program history with a record of 12-4-4

RPI in the top 30 percent of all Division I programs

Second-place finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference

 First-ever Atlantic Sun Championship appearance

Atlantic Sun Goalkeeper of the Year Anna Buhigas 

Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year Maycie McKay

Three A-Sun First-Team All-Conference players, one Second-Team All-Conference player, and three All-Freshmen Team players

A conference and program-best 13 shutouts, which ranked eighth best in the nation.

NSCAA Academic Team Award

Fewest fouls per game (5.1) in the nation for NCAA Division I teams that played over 15 matches in 2015

 

Click the following link to check out women's soccer's season recap on EXPOSURE.

 

What defines a successful college soccer season? Is it accolades such as these? The answer for our women's soccer program at Lipscomb is an unequivocal NO…it’s NOT about the accolades. The fact of the matter is that we play with a greater purpose in mind…serving God with the gifts he has given each member of this team.  

The theme verse for our program is 1 Cor. 10:31, and it say’s “so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” We teach our players that the “whatever” part of this verse refers to playing the game of soccer, our work in the classroom, how we travel as a team, how we interact in restaurants and hotels, how we treat people on and off campus, and so much more. This verse calls us to live ALL of our lives for the glory of God and for us to be ambassadors of the good news in any and all situations.

When we recruit players to Lipscomb, it’s important that their interest in our program goes beyond the fact that we play Division I soccer in a great city like Nashville. We want players that fit our unique culture, players that want to go on mission trips and do service projects. We want players that love to compete, yet don’t derive their identity from winning soccer games. That’s the beautiful thing about the environment we are creating at Lipscomb, a player can be a part of a program that’s both highly competitive and glorifying to God at the same time!

Did we love one another well?  Did our efforts on and off the field make our Heavenly Father smile? That’s the true measure to having a winning season! The barometer for success within our program has far more to do with who we are becoming than it does with a win-loss record. I can honestly say to a player that her significance is not based on our winning and her playing time, but it’s based on her living out God’s calling each and every day and keeping the big picture in focus.