|September 11, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|WSU||79:21||ROMERO, Niki (GANZ, Ellie )|
|LIP||81:44||BRENT, Lindsay (ROGERS, Emily )|
|Stats at a Glance||WSU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (5)||12 (5)|
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Lipscomb (6-1-1) women’s soccer team continued its stellar home play with a 2-1 defeat of Wright State (2-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“I’m really pleased for the team,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “Sunday games are difficult. We told them going into it that it was going to be a battle. Wright State’s a good team. They were an overtime away from going to the NCAA Tournament last year.
“I thought the girls executed. In the end, Sunday games are tough. You have to grind, you have to work, and you have to fight. I’m really proud of the performance they put in today.”
Sophomore Brooke Brenner slotted home the game’s opening goal in the 55th minute, her first of the season. Brenner found the ball after a deflection and placed it in the left half of the goal just past the outstretched hands of Wright State goalkeeper Katie Ruff.
“When you have a team that can score by committee, and there’s not just one player that can score, it makes it more difficult for teams to scout and figure out how to stop us from scoring” O’Brien said.
Wright tied the game up with 10 minutes remaining in the second half. Lipscomb goalkeeper Anna Buhigas saved the initial free kick from Junior Ellie Ganz before fellow junior Niki Romero knocked in the rebound to tie the game at one goal apiece.
Lipscomb struck back almost immediately in a similar fashion. In the 82nd minute, junior Emily Rogers sent in a booming free kick that sophomore Lindsay Brent found rattling around in the box. The goal was Brent’s first of the season and gave the Purple and Gold the lead for good.
“I thought the team’s response to their equalizing goal with under 10 to play was phenomenal,” O’Brien said. “It would’ve been very easy to get frustrated, to hang your head, to get disappointed. But, they responded with great character and fight.
“That was a test we hadn’t really faced, and I thought we answered it well.”
- The matchup was the first between the two schools in the Lipscomb Division I era
- Lipscomb outshot Wright State 12-11, with the two teams tying with five shots on goal apiece.
- The match was physical throughout, as Wright State was whistled for 13 fouls and Lipscomb received eight.
- Lady Bison senior goalkeeper Anna Buhigas notched four saves in the win. She now as 53 for the year.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back in action on Thursday at 5 p.m. for a home match with Cincinnati.