|September 17, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||31:57||PARKER, Alliyah (HANSFORD, Arielle )|
|Stats at a Glance||ALST||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (1)||27 (18)|
NASHVILLE – It was a dominant performance from start to finish for the Lipscomb (3-5-2) women’s soccer team as they earned a 4-0 shutout against Alabama State (2-5) at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
“I thought the way we played from start to finish was good,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We were the aggressors, put them under a lot of pressure, and forced some turnovers, which was part of the tactical game plan.
“We were also able to score goals, which has quite honestly been difficult for us over the past couple of weeks. It was good to get that monkey off our backs and gain some confidence going into conference play.”
The Bisons started out the scoring in the 26th minute as redshirt-freshman Selah Gilmore knocked in a rebound. The score was Gilmore’s second of the season.
In the 32nd minute, freshman Alliyak Parker notched the first goal of her career as sophomore Arielle Hansford set her up for a scoring run along the right side of the field.
Leah Cernicky scored the third goal of the game and the first of her season in the 57th minute as the Purple and Gold capitalized on another rebounded score.
Sophomore Olivia Doak scored the fourth and final goal of the contest on a turnaround scorcher in the 78th minute. It was the first goal of the season for Lipscomb’s 2016 leading scorer.
“It’s great to see so many different scorers,” O’Brien said. “It’s a confidence-builder in their own personal games, but enables the rest of us to believe in them as well. We don’t have a go-to scorer that’s going to get 15 goals a season, so we have to score by committee and everyone has to chip in a handful.”
Redshirt-freshman Melissa Gray earned her first career shutout in her second overall start. She notched one save in the win.
“I thought the defense also played well,” O’Brien said. “They were organized and worked together as a unit. They limited Alabama State to very few chances. Mel Gray also did well in the first two starts of her career this weekend.
“Overall, I’m excited about gaining a little bit of momentum heading into arguably the most important part of the season.”
- Lipscomb is now 3-1 in the series history against Alabama State.
- For the second game in a row, Lipscomb set a season-high with players entering the game. 22 Bisons made an appearance in the win.
- Lipscomb outshot Alabama State 27-6, with an 18-1 shots-on-goal advantage.
- Doak, Cernicky, and senior Jade Abarca tied for the team lead with four shots apiece. Gilmore and Abarca notched a team-high three shots-on-goal.
- The Bisons earned eight corner kicks to Alabama State’s zero.
- Gray, senior Ellen Lundy, and junior Justis Bailey went the full 90 minutes for the Purple and Gold.
UP NEXT: The Bisons have almost a week before their next match at NJIT to open up ASUN play on Sept. 23.