|August 21, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||22:23||DOAK, Olivia (ABARCA, Jade )|
|LIP||85:27||DOAK, Olivia (DUBOISE, Natalie )|
|Stats at a Glance||VANDY||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (3)||12 (8)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Before every game freshman forward Olivia Doak has a message for goalkeeper Anna Buhigas.
“She tells me, `Anna, I want it for you. I want it for the seniors.’ I am going to play my heart out for you’," Buhigas said. "She is just a special player.
“She is a freight train running at you. I love watching her. I love going up against her in practice. She makes me better. She works hard and players like that are hard to stop.”
They both were keys on a near-perfect Sunday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex in a 2-0 win over Vanderbilt.
Doak came through scoring both goals for the Lady Bisons. Buhigas made three saves to earn the shutout as Lipscomb won its first ever game against a Southeastern Conference opponent.
Buhigas spent most of the final 20 minutes of the game holding off an onslaught by the Commodores. For much of that time Lipscomb was holding on to a 1-0 advantage.
“I was just trying to keep the ball out of the goal,” Buhigas said. “I knew the ball was going to be coming. I knew they needed a goal.
“They were going to do anything they could to get it. I just wanted to try to get my hands on the ball any way I could to keep them out.”
Lipscomb coach Kevin O’Brien liked what he saw from Buhigas during that crunch time.
“Anna does a good job of managing the backs,” O’Brien said. “It has taken her awhile to gain confidence in communicating and organizing, but this year, hands down, is the best she has ever done.
“We needed it desperately in this game when Vanderbilt was kind of making that push in the final 20. Her communication and organization in getting the team to step out when we needed to step out, drop when we needed to drop and press the ball when we needed to press were both very, very valuable.”
Doak scored her first goal at 22:23 of the first half. Midfielder Jade Arbarca fed Doak the ball in the box and she drove it home with her left foot into the left upper corner of the net.
Doak struck again at 85:27 of the second half. Midfielder Brooke Brenner lobbed the ball forward to stop Vanderbilt’s attack. Doak ran it down and took a shot from approximately 45 yards out. The ball sailed over Vanderbilt goalkeeper Kaitlyn Farhner who had pulled out in front of the net in an attempt to stop the play.
For the second game in a row Doak led Lipscomb in both shots with four and shots on goal with four. Forward Maycie McKay was credited with three shots, all were shots on goal.
“Olivia is a wonderful fit,” O’Brien said. “The faith piece is right. The soccer piece is right.
“The first thing I noticed about her was her athleticism. On top of that, she is as blue collar as they come. She is willing to work and willing to be a team player. She is as classy as they come.”
Farhner had six stops for Vanderbilt. The Commodores fell to 1-1-0.
“Everything clicked,” Buhigas said. “It felt awesome.”
The lone scorer: The Lady Bisons have three goals this season. All three have been scored by Doak.
End of loss streak: The Lady Bisons had lost to Vanderbilt the last two times they had faced them.
Nearing 30: The victory was the 29th in her career for Buhigas.
Up next: The Lady Bisons continue to face SEC teams in their next two outings. They travel to Mississippi State Friday, Aug. 26, and will close out the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Ole Miss.
“I will be honest,” O’Brien said. “Vanderbilt is missing a very important player, Simone Charley, who scores lots of goals and that has changed them. They are trying to score goals differently than they have in the past.
“Ole Miss is a top 25, NCAA Tournament team. Mississippi State has been on fire in preseason games scoring tons of goals. We have two huge tests ahead.”