September 30, 20161st2ndFinal
LIP54:38LUNDY, Ellen (RAWLINS, Niamh )
JU87:49ZINNIS, Zoe (d'ENTREMONT, Joelle )
LIP88:02ABARCA, Jade
LIPBUHIGAS, Anna90:0014
JUWICKS, Sara90:0024
Stats at a GlanceLIPJU
Shots (on Goal)22 (6) 12 (5)
Corner Kicks12
Abarca's late goal gives women's soccer win over Jacksonville
Friday, September 30, 2016
By Logan Butts
Abarca's late goal gives women's soccer win over Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team continued ASUN play with another win as the Lady Bisons (8-3-1, 2-0) defeated Jacksonville (3-7, 1-1) 2-1 at Southern Oak Stadium.

“We started the match much more positively than we did at KSU, and I thought our ball movement and possession was excellent,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said.

“It was a really dominant first half performance, but unfortunately we could not find the back of the net.”

Junior Jade Abarca put away the game-winning goal for Lipscomb in the 89th minute to secure the team’s second consecutive conference win. The goal was her first of the season.

“Jade’s game winner was an absolute bomb,” O’Brien said. “The skill she showed on the dribbling run to create the shot made it even more awesome.”

The score came less than one minute after freshman Zoe Zinis had tied the game up at one goal apiece for the Dolphins.

“After some adjustments from JU at halftime, the second half proved to be a real battle,” O’Brien said. “It became the physical and competitive match I had expected from the start.”

Defenders Ellen Lundy and Niamh Rawlins teamed up to notch the Lady Bisons first goal of the game in the 55th minute of action. It was Lundy’s second goal of the season and Rawlins’ first assist of the year.

“Ellen’s header was a very well executed set piece, and I thought we were going to be able to ride out the 1-0 score line,” O’Brien said. “But JU had other plans.”

Throughout the match the Lady Bisons peppered the Jacksonville goal with shots, taking 22 and landing six on goal.

On defense, goalkeeper Anna Buhigas notched four saves in the victory. She now has 76 saves for the year.

“I was impressed with our response yet again,” O’Brien said. “We could have hung our heads in disappointment, but that was not the case. We’ve got a bunch of fighters that refuse to give up, and I’m proud we notched a tough road victory.”


  • This was the 15th matchup between the two schools in the Division I era. Jacksonville leads the series 11-4 despite Lipscomb’s three victories over the past two seasons.
  • Junior Natalie DuBoise led the Lady Bisons with five shots. Abarca, sophomore Maycie McKay, and freshman Leah Cernicky each added four shots.
  • The Dolphins won the corner kick battle 2-1.
  • Lipscomb notched eight fouls on the night compared to JU’s three.

UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back in action in Sunday at noon on the road at North Florida.