NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb women’s soccer closed its preseason slate Friday evening with a strong defensive effort to earn a 2-0 win over rival Belmont at E.S. Rose Park.
The Bisons cracked through just under nine minutes into action when a Belmont clearance from outside the box fell directly to none-other than Lipscomb’s Ellen Lundy. The senior striker chipped a shot over the Bruins’ keeper from around 35 yards out to give her a third goal in two preseason matches.
After the score Belmont immediately went on the attack in search of an equalizer, firing off 10 of its 14 shots in the opening 45 minutes. Fortunately for the Bisons, netminder Kate Mason was up to the task. The junior, who had only seen action in three career games prior to 2017, put up an impressive effort by turning away 10 attempts.
Lipscomb tacked on an insurance tally in the 41st minute when freshman Hannah Torbett squeezed a strike under the crossbar after a set piece from Natalie DuBoise found her foot outside of the box.
The Bisons’ defense shored up in the second half and held Belmont to just three shots.
Eighteen different players touched the pitch in the win for the Bisons.
Lipscomb is back in action Friday, August 18 when it hosts Western Kentucky in the season opener. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Soccer Complex.
Head Coach Kevin O’Brien’s thoughts:
“It was a very competitive preseason match tonight. That is easily the most talented Belmont team we’ve played since I arrived at Lipscomb.
“I am happy that we found a way to win the game, but I felt our performance was lacking in several different areas. We will have to work hard this week to be ready for our season opener next Friday.
“I am thankful we got to play against a 3-5-2 system tonight because it created several problems for our team to solve.
“Playing against two different style of opponents in preseason has been great for our team as we’ll need to make many tweaks throughout the year to have a successful campaign.
“We’ll finish our preseason training tomorrow and then it’s all about building on the positive next week in training.”