|September 15, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|CIN||44:19||GAVORSKI, Julie (DWENGER, Emma )|
|Stats at a Glance||CIN||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (8)||10 (5)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A flurry of first-half goals proved to be the undoing of the Lipscomb women’s soccer team Thursday night as Cincinnati came to the Music City and left with a 4-0 victory.
The Lady Bisons (6-2-1) brought to the Lipscomb Soccer Complex a four-game winning streak and had only allowed two goals combined in those contests. Cincinnati scored three before half time.
“Tonight’s game was very uncharacteristic of this team and this program,” Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We had too many mental mistakes and we were flat defensively. It was really an off night and there is no other way to put it. The girls played hard and I am proud of their effort.
“You have to tell the girls this is a great learning opportunity. We learned several things that we need to train harder on and get better organized and synced as a group.”
Cincinnati (6-2-1) got on the board with a penalty kick after Lipscomb was whistled for a foul in the 24th minute. Ten minutes later the Bearcats doubled their lead after senior goalkeeper Anna Buhigas came out to clear a ball in traffic, but it deflected off a defender and fell to Julia Abbott at the top of the box for an open-net goal.
“At that time the game was pretty level and neither team had created many great chances, but when we gave up that penalty early on, our heads hung a little bit and they (Cincinnati) gained some confidence,” O’Brien said.
Less than one minute before halftime the Bearcats struck again when Julie Gavorski receieved a pass from Emma Dwenger 18 yards out, spun and slotted it past Buhigas to take a 3-0 lead into the break.
Lipscomb began the second half looking for any kind of spark to get the offense going. In the 55th minute that spark looked as though it would come from Jade Abarca after the Lady Bisons were awarded their own penalty kick, instead the Cincinnati keeper made a great diving stop to her left and saved the ball just inside the post.
Cincinnati responded from the missed opportunity and hammered the final nail in the coffin when Katy Couperus found the net from a crowded box in the 73rd minute to push the lead to 4-0.
- This was the first matchup between the two schools in their respective program’s history.
- Cincinnati outshot Lipscomb 15-10 in the match.
- The Bearcats also held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- Redshirt sophomore keeper Kate Mason made her first appearance since her freshman season in 2014. She came away with a career high three saves in 18:40 of action.
“It was good to see Kate in there,” O’Brien said. “She trains with all her heart every day. It was nice to be able to reward her, because in the end she is preparing herself for the future.”
Lipscomb returns to the pitch Sunday when it travels to take on a third Southeastern Conference opponent in Arkansas at 1 p.m.
“As tough as it was to take a convincing loss like this, we can only learn positives, and we have to learn them quick because we an Arkansas team on Sunday that is very difficult and strong,” O’Brien said. "No time to mope, we just have to get better.”