|November 06, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|FGCU||32:25||ROGERS, Ali (MULLIGAN, Meaghan )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (3)||16 (9)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb (12-5-2) women’s soccer team fell just short of a conference title as the Lady Bisons lost to Florida Gulf Coast University (14-4-1) 2-0 in the ASUN Championship Final for the second consecutive year.
FGCU struck first as senior Ali Rogers placed a header in the top right corner over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Anna Buhigas to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
Rogers earned her second goal of the match with just 11 minutes to play as she rocketed in a strike into the back of the net to put the Eagles up 2-0.
The Lady Bisons suffered an injury blow early as sophomore Maycie McKay, a Second Team All-Conference honoree, left with a lower-body injury just three minutes into the game.
Lipscomb had a pair of close chances in the second half, as redshirt-junior Ellen Lundy and freshman Olivia Doak both placed shots just to the side of the post.
Lundy and fellow redshirt-junior Niamh Rawlins as well as sophomore Brooke Brenner were named to the 11-person All-Tournament squad.
In the final game of her illustrious Bison career, Buhigas notched seven saves, giving her 376 for her career.
The Lady Bisons finish the season tied for the program-best single season win mark with 12, a feat the Purple and Gold accomplished for the first time last season.
What head coach Kevin O’Brien:
“In the end the best team won, which pains me to say as the opposing coach, but they thoroughly deserved the match today. I thought they played some really good soccer and scored some great goals.
“For us, it was just another learning opportunity as we try to get this program a little bit better each and every year, which continues to happen, so I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the players. They fought, and they never quit. It just wasn’t our day today.
“This season has been another step in the right direction. I feel like last year’s 12 wins was against a little bit weaker of a schedule. This year we played four SEC teams and picked up two good results against those guys. It was a harder schedule to get 12 wins, so I’m really proud.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re moving in the right direction. We return a lot of great talent, so I’m super optimistic about what we can do next year.
“The impact of these seniors has been invaluable. They were the players that bought into the program when we didn’t have 12 wins. We had two wins. They trusted in a coaching staff to take them from nowhere to somewhere.
“For me, I can’t say thank you enough for those four gals. They really put the program on the map. I think kids now in the recruiting process are really interested in Lipscomb University because of the strength in the soccer program. That certainly wasn’t the case four years ago. I’m really grateful for those girls, and hopefully they’ll stay connected to the program and come support their teammates next year.”
- The Eagles outshot Lipscomb 16-8, with a 6-3 shots on goal advantage.
- FGCU earned 5 corners to Lipscomb’s one.
- Buhigas, Rawlins, Brenner, and senior Carolyn Springsteen played all 90 minutes for the Lady Bisons.
- Brenner and Lundy tied for the team lead with two shots and one shot on goal apiece.