|August 18, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|WKU||4:53||BISHOP, Tally (BACKES, Chandler , CHUA, Hannah)|
|WKU||64:19||BACKES, Chandler (BISHOP, Tally )|
|Stats at a Glance||WKU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||14 (8)||14 (3)|
|August 20, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|LIP||41:27||HENRY, Riley (ABARCA, Jade )|
|AU||89:29||Rocio Sanders (Kristen Dodson )|
|AU||Sarah Le Beau||110:00||2||3|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||AU|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (5)||25 (9)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team will kick off the regular season this weekend as the Bisons take on Western Kentucky and No. 10 Auburn.
The Hilltoppers are coming to Nashville on Friday for the season opener, which will start at 7 p.m. The Bisons will then travel to Auburn to face the Tigers on Sunday, with kickoff coming at 6 p.m.
You can follow along with both matches on live stats at the links provided.
Scouting the Hilltoppers and the Tigers:
- Western Kentucky went 0-2 during their preseason matchups, losing at Saint Louis 4-0 and at Murray State 2-0.
- Sophomore Chandler Backes is the returning leading scorer for the Hilltoppers. She led WKU with 10 goals, one assist, and 21 points last season.
- Auburn won both of their preseason games, taking out Georgia 3-2 and Samford 2-0.
- Senior Kristen Dodson returns for the Tigers after leading the team in both goals (13) and assists (12) in 2016 scoring a school-record 38 total points.
- Lipscomb heads into the matchup having gone undefeated during the preseason. They took down ETSU 3-1 at home and blanked Battle of the Boulevard rival Belmont 2-0 on the road. Senior Ellen Lundy scored three of the five goals for the Bisons in the two matches.
- The Bisons are 0-5 in the series history against the Hilltoppers, with the last matchup being a 2-0 loss in 2014. Lipscomb has never faced Auburn.
- The Purple and Gold earned their first victory against an SEC school in program history last season with a 2-0 win over Vanderbilt at home. They followed that performance with a 1-0 win at Mississippi State, moving their lifetime record to 2-6-1 against SEC opponents.
- Three Bisons landed on the ASUN Preseason All-Conference team, with senior Niamh Rawlins being named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. She was joined by sophomores Olivia Doak and Leah Cernicky on the squad.
- Lipscomb was voted second in the ASUN Preseason Coaches Poll. They received 57 votes, just four behind first place FGCU, and earned two first-place votes.