|September 10, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||18:35||ABARCA, Jade (WALSH, Jordan )|
|VANDY||70:02||Lydia Simmons (Olivia Simmons )|
|VANDY||71:00||Stephanie Amack (Olivia Simmons )|
|VANDY||88:14||Jackie Welch (Leila Azari )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||VANDY|
|Shots (on Goal)||8 (4)||17 (6)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (2-4-2) women’s soccer team fell 3-1 to crosstown rival Vanderbilt (5-3) on Sunday night after giving up a pair of late goals.
“It was a really bright start by the team in general,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “I thought they looked sharp in the first half.”
Senior Jade Abarca gave the Bisons an early lead as she scored her first goal of the season on a breakaway in the 19th minute. Sophomore Jordan Walsh set up Abarca’s one-on-one with the Vanderbilt goalkeeper thanks to a well-placed through ball.
“The goal featured some intricate passing,” O’Brien said. It was exactly what you want to see. I was really proud of the combinations, and obviously the finish was excellent.”
Lipscomb held onto the lead for the next 50 minutes before giving up back-to-back goals in the 71st and 72nd minutes.
“At the end of the first half, we were feeling really good about ourselves,” O’Brien said. “But obviously, there’s a second half. It’s a 90-minute match, not 45.”
Vanderbilt’s Lydia Simmons tapped in a loose ball bouncing around in the box for the Commodores first score, while Stephanie Amack notched the second goal off of a throw in. Both scores were assisted by Olivia Simmons.
“First off, Vanderbilt is a good team. They kind of tipped the scales in their favor and had better pressure the second half. They were more direct and deliberate at going at us,” O’Brien said.
“In the end though, it was two set pieces that they scored on. It was two throw-ins that were very similar. We weren’t able to get on the end of it and clear the ball. It’s disappointing that we didn’t do better in those, but they’re just hard balls to deal with.”
Junior Brooke Brenner struck a ball off the crossbar from nearly 30 feet out with just under five minutes to play, but Vanderbilt answered with a third goal in the 89th minute, this time from Jackie Welch, to secure the victory.
“We have to pick ourselves up and keep working hard,” O’Brien said. “There were some real positives in the performance tonight. The result isn’t what we wanted, but there are big chunks of the game tonight where we played well.”
- The Bisons are now 1-3 in the series history against Vanderbilt.
- Lipscomb is now 2-8-2 against SEC opponents, with a 0-2-1 record this season.
- Redshirt-senior Ellen Lundy was booked for two yellow cards, resulting in a red card and an ejection in the 82nd
- Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Kate Mason tallied three saves to move her season total to 34.
- Vanderbilt outshot Lipscomb 17-8, with a 6-4 shots-on-goal advantage.
- The Commodores earned nine corner kicks to Lipscomb’s three.
- Lundy, Abarca, Mason, and junior Justis Bailey went the full 90 minutes for the Purple and Gold. Redshirt-senior Niamh Rawlins missed time for the first game all season after sitting for a brief period early in the first half.
UP NEXT: The Bisons are set to play their fourth SEC opponent of the season with a match at Kentucky on Sept. 15.
“The Kentucky game is going to be tough,” O’Brien said. “They are another really athletic and difficult team to play against.”