|October 09, 2016||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|FGCU||26:42||TINDELL, Tabby (SPECKMAIER, Paulina , YOUNG, Megan)|
|FGCU||48:29||OLSEN, Emilie (TINDELL, Tabby )|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (5)||13 (9)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (9-4-2, 3-1-1) women’s soccer fought FGCU (9-4-1, 3-0-1) to a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon in a thrilling matchup.
“It’s a great result for us,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “Playing against the reigning champion, and winner of four of the last five championships, can be intimidating.
“They’ve got such talent on their team, and they play at such a high level, that I think we were quite honestly just a little intimidated to start the game. In the end, I thought we put wonderful soccer together for the second half and overtime.”
The Lady Bisons forced overtime in the frantic final moments of regulation as junior Ellen Lundy headed home the tying goal with less than two minutes remaining. It was Lundy’s second score of the game and fourth of the season as she lined up at forward instead of her recent stint at centerback.
“We dubbed the game the return of ‘Frellen’ which was freshman Ellen,” O’Brien said. “She played up front her first year and had a great freshman campaign where she scored a ton of goals and won Freshman of the Year.
“We finally got a healthy core of defenders, including Carolyn Springsteen who had reconstructive ankle surgery, so we just wanted to throw Gulf Coast a changeup, something they weren’t prepared for. I think she looked great up there.”
FGCU started the scoring off in the 27th minute as senior Tabby Tindell notched the Eagles’ first goal of the game, placing the ball in the top right corner of the goal just beyond Lipscomb goalkeeper Anna Buhigas’ reach.
Freshman Megan Young and senior Paula Speckmaier teamed up on the assist to give Tindell her conference-leading 12th goal on the year.
On the second score, Tindell played a ball across the box and freshman Emilie Olsen slotted it home to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead less than three minutes after halftime.
“It took a while for us to find our way,” O’Brien said. We made a little tactical adjustment within the game that I think really helped. Once we were able to put the pressure on, the belief grew. And as the belief grew, the quality grew.”
Lipscomb gained its first score back in the 76th minute as senior Alesondra Colbert earned a penalty in the box. Lundy put away the kick to put the Purple and Gold on the scoreboard.
“I’m really proud of the team, and the character they showed,” O’Brien said. “A lot of teams probably would have been done and dusted when down 2-0 to the champions, but our girls kept fighting and that’s what we do. I’m really thankful that they’ve got that never say die attitude.”
- This was the 15th matchup between the two schools in the Division I era.
- Junior Ellen Lundy led the team with six shots, including five on goal.
- Buhigas notched three saves in the win, giving her 83 on the year, including a pair of big saves in the overtime periods.
- Lipscomb out-shot FGCU 13-11, with a 9-5 shots on goal advantage.
- The Eagles and Lady Bisons each earned six corner kicks apiece.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will have be back in action on Saturday as USC Upstate visits Nashville for a 5 p.m. kickoff.