|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)|
AUBURN, Ala. – It was a night to remember on Sunday as the Lipscomb (1-0-1) women’s soccer took the number 10 team in the nation Auburn (1-0-1) to the brink of defeat before finishing with a 2-2 tie after 110 minutes of hard-fought action at the Auburn Soccer Complex.
Freshman Riley Henry turned in the performance of her short Bison career, as the midfielder scored both Lipscomb goals in her first regular season appearance with the team.
Both scores came within an eight minute period of gameplay for Henry, separated only by the halftime break.
In the 42nd minute, senior Jade Abarca sent in a corner which found Riley for a header in the box to give Lipscomb a 1-0 lead.
Henry then took a deflected pass and slotted it in at the near post in the 50th minute, putting the Bisons ahead 2-0.
In the 72nd minute, Auburn’s Courtney Schell lasered one in from 25 feet out to start the comeback.
Rocio Sanders evened things up at two with just 30 seconds left to play as she flicked the ball into the back of the net.
Lipscomb senior Ellen Lundy saved the tie at the end of the first extra time period as the defender headed what would have been the game-winning goal for Auburn out of the box from the goal line.
- This was Lipscomb’s first matchup with Auburn. The Bisons are now 2-6-2 against SEC opponents. They earned wins against Vanderbilt and Mississippi State last season.
- Lipscomb goalkeeper senior Kate Mason notched six saves in the second start of her career.
- Henry led the Bisons with 3 shots, including 2 on goal.
- Auburn outshot Lipscomb 25 to 7, with a 9 to 5 shots-on-goal advantage.
- The Tigers earned six corner kicks to Lipscomb’s two.
- The Bisons notched nine fouls, while Auburn was whistled for seven.
- Neither team notched an offside penalty in the match.
Head Coach Kevin O’Brien’s Thoughts:
“I’m so pleased with the group tonight. I thought the performance was exceptional, especially considering the lackluster performance we had on Friday.
“I really challenged them like ‘what’s the response going to be playing against the 10th ranked team in the country.’ They answered the call.
“I thought they competed at a very high level against some of the more talented forwards that the SEC has to offer. They did great.
“To give up the lead was a little bit discouraging and disappointing, but that’s part of soccer. There are great lessons to be learned in every match that you play, and we learned great lessons tonight.
“I think we showed that we can compete at a high level. I’m really proud of this group and excited about the future together.”
UP NEXT: The Bisons will take on Arkansas State at home on Thursday at 5 p.m.