NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (5-5-3) women’s soccer team earned a win in its first ASUN home game of the season on Friday night as they defeated North Florida (8-4) with a 1-0 shutout at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“I’m really pleased with the performance,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “It was a very difficult game. UNF is a strong team who are well organized and good in transition. So for us, it was a great result.”
After a scoreless first half that saw the Bisons miss a pair of would-be goals, Lipscomb scored early in the second period.
Redshirt-seniors Niamh Rawlins and Ellen Lundy team up for the game-winner in the 62nd minute as Rawlins sent in a ball over the defensive line to a streaking Lundy, who slotted it into the bottom left corner.
“I thought Ellen held the line well,” O’Brien said. “Niamh played a great ball in. And the way Ellen brought it down and finished was spectacular. It’s no surprise she’s leading the team in goals, even though she’s a centerback.”
Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Kate Mason and the defense hung on for the Purple and Gold’s third shutout of the season. Mason made two saves to put her season total at 46.
“North Florida is very potent,” O’Brien said. “They’ve got great goal scorers, and I think they are in the top 20 in the country in terms of shots-on-goal per game, so we knew it was going to be a tough test. I think the back four did a great job of their good chance
“Good teams still create chances, and I think Kate did a good job of covering the net to get the clean sheet. Brooke Brenner, playing as a holding midfielder, also had a really tough responsibility with their center midfielder. The whole group did great.”
- Lipscomb has only lost two of its last 17 regular season conference games.
- The all-time series is now tied up at 6-6-2 between the two programs.
- The Ospreys outshot the Bisons 9-6, with a 2-1 shots-on-goal advantage.
- Lipscomb earned three corner kicks to North Florida’s two.
- There Bisons were whistled for 15 fouls in what was a physical match. UNF were called for six.
- Lundy, Rawlins, Mason, junior Justis Bailey, and sophomore Leah Cernicky went the full 90 minutes for the Purple and Gold.
UP NEXT: The Bisons will continue its conference home stand as Jacksonville comes to visit at at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
“It’s another good team,” O’Brien said. “There’s a lot of parity in the league this year, more than I think ever before. They have some really talented players, including Joelle D’entremont who was the preseason player of the year.”