|September 23, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||51:50||CERNICKY, Leah (ABARCA, Jade )|
|LIP||56:52||LUNDY, Ellen (DUBOISE, Natalie )|
|LIP||77:03||DUBOISE, Natalie (DOAK, Olivia )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NJIT|
|Shots (on Goal)||20 (10)||8 (3)|
NEWARK, N.J. – The Lipscomb (4-5-2) women’s soccer team started out the conference portion of their season on a high note as they shut out the NJIT (6-4) Highlanders 3-0 on the road.
“It as a great result today to start off conference play with a victory,” Lipscomb women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien said. “NJIT was a really difficult team. I think they were much improved from past seasons, so we had our work cut out. It took us a while to get on the board.”.
The Bisons controlled the game from start to finish, but each of the three Lipscomb goals came in the second half.
“It was obviously that great second-half goal by Leah Cernicky that broke the deadlock,” O’Brien said. “I think once that happened, the game came a little bit easier to us. But, for me, it was the exact start you want.”
Sophomore Leah Cernicky opened up the scoring in the 51st minute with a strike from 28 yards out off of an assist from senior Jade Abarca. The goal was Cernicky’s second of the season.
Shortly after the first score, the Bisons made upped their lead to 2-0 after senior Ellen Lundy headed in a free kick from fellow senior Natalie DuBoise in the 57th minute. Lundy leads the team with three goals on the year.
DuBoise finished on the other end of goal number three on the afternoon as she turned and scored in the box after an assist by sophomore Olivia Doak in the 78th minute. It was DuBoise’s first goal of the season.
“We’ve scored seven goals in two games, so we’re confident in that area and feel like we have some momentum going into a really difficult weekend in Florida,” O’Brien said.
Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Kate Mason earned her second shutout of the season. She made three saves in the victory, bringing her season total to 37.
‘I’m really proud of the way we worked hard for 90 minutes,” O’Brien said. “It wasn’t an easy match in that the field was difficult to play on and it was very hot. The conditions just weren’t ideal to play a very ideal brand of soccer, but the girls grinded out a win. For me, that’s important and valuable to know that we can do that because some games are going to be like that.”
- Lipscomb is now 3-0 in the series history against NJIT.
- Lipscomb outshot the Highlanders 20-8, with a 10-3 shots-on-goal advantage.
- DuBoise led the team with with four shots, and tied with redshirt-freshman Selah Gilmore with two shots-on-goal.
- The Bisons earned four corner kicks to NJIT’s three.
- Lundy, Mason, senior Niamh Rawlins, and junior Justis Bailey went the full 90 minutes for the Purple and Gold.
UP NEXT: The Bisons will continue conference play as they travel to Florida to take on FGCU and Stetson on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1.