|October 07, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|STET||2:09||COLLINS, Sarah (HARMON, Kendall , CAMARGO, Abbie)|
|Stats at a Glance||STET||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (5)||22 (9)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (9-4-1, 3-1) women’s soccer team fell to Stetson (6-4-2, 3-0) 1-0 on Friday night as the Lady Bisons could not recover from an early Hatter goal.
Stetson struck early as junior Sarah Collins scored her eighth goal of the season just over two minutes into the game. Collins scored on a breakaway after receiving the ball from Abbie Camargo.
“You can’t spot a good team a goal,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “In our scouting report we talked about Sarah Collins. She’s one of the best players in the conference. I just don’t think we started the game in the right fashion. To give them that opportunity that put us in a tough position is something that we can’t do.
“I thought for a large spell of the game we controlled and dictated the tempo, the possession was good we created enough chances to score that equalizing goal, but we couldn’t find the back of the net.”
The Hatters scored again in the winding moments to take a 2-0 lead. Freshmen Lindsey Parent dribbled down the right flank and then slotted home her third goal of the year in the 83rd minute.
“It was a risk-reward situation,” O’Brien said. “We pulled the centerback to try to get another body up front. They countered well. The winger, number seven, has great pace. In the end, it was a deflection.
“Our centerback to block it and it bounced off her leg into the back of the net. Sometimes the bounces go your way and sometimes they don’t. Had we had two centerbacks, then that ground is covered a lot easier and it probably doesn’t happen.”
Despite the shutout, the Lady Bisons outshot the Hatters 22-10 on the night, with a 9-5 shots-on-goal advantage as the offense peppered the Stetson goal all night.
“We’ve won games where we played a lot worse than we did tonight,” O’Brien said. “We played some really good soccer and lost the match. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”
- This was the 15th matchup between the two schools in the Division I era. Stetson leads the series 11-2-2.
- Junior Natalie DuBoise led the team with five shots, including three on goal and a near-miss free kick that ricocheted off the post in the second half.
- Senior goalkeeper Anna Buhigas notched three saves in the win, giving her 80 on the year.
- The Ospreys earned four corner kicks to the Lady Bisons’ one.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will have a quick turnaround as FGCU is set to visit on Sunday at noon.
“What we have to do is get a good session in tomorrow,” O’Brien said. “We need to regenerate the legs and try to get the momentum and positivity back. It’s a tough loss tonight, but Stetson was a good team and we knew it. We have to respond and play better against arguably the best team in the conference.”