|October 08, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|JU||12:01||AKINDOJU, Sope (HENRY, Rachel )|
|LIP||58:41||LUNDY, Ellen (DOAK, Olivia )|
|LIP||77:29||DOAK, Olivia (TORBETT, Hannah )|
|Stats at a Glance||JU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (5)||29 (16)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (6-5-3) women’s soccer team survived a rain-soaked overtime thriller on Sunday afternoon as they defeated Jacksonville 4-3 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Redshirt-senior Ellen Lundy notched two goals in the victory, including the game-winner in the second period of overtime.
After a Bison corner, Lundy found the ball in the box and slotted it home for the win. She now has a team-leading six goals for the year.
The Dolphins (4-7) took an early two-goal lead after scoring twice in the first 13 minutes of action.
Senior Sope Akindoju scored in the sixth minute of the game, as the ball bounced to her feet and then into the back of the net.
Akindoju struck again in the 13th minute as fit she fit the ball into the bottom left corner to give Jacksonville a 2-0 lead.
Lipscomb came out on fire in the second half, scoring twice in the first 13 minutes of play.
Lundy scored her first goal in the 59th minute to start the comeback. Sophomore Olivia Doak played a cross perfectly to Lundy’s head.
Sophomore Leah Cernicky tied the game at two goals apiece for Lipscomb as she tapped in a deflection off of a shot from junior Justis Bailey.
The Dolphins re-secured the lead in the 72nd minute as Bailey was called for a foul in the box. Sophomore Zoe Zinis made the penalty to put JU ahead 3-2.
Just six minutes later, Doak found herself with the ball in the box thanks to an assist from sophomore Hannah Torbett. Doak knocked it past the Dolphins keeper to tie the game back up at three.
In the waning moments of regulation, redshirt-senior defender Niamh Rawlins preserved the tie as she made a diving tackle in the box, preventing a one-on-one situation for Jacksonville.
HEAD COACH KEVIN O’Brien’s Thoughts:
“Overall, I’m really, really proud. The character and the fight that the girls showed today was of championship caliber. For us to be able to win important games like that with our backs against the wall means a whole lot.
“If you give a good team a chance, they’ll punish you, and Jacksonville did. We were very slow and lethargic to start. Thankfully, we started to play better as the half wore on and created a few chances, but still went into halftime down two.
“There were still 45 minutes left. The beauty of this game is that you can score goals quickly. I told them to hang in there and keep doing what you’ve been doing, and those goals will come. And they did.
“After we went down again, I didn’t know if we had it in us quite honestly. The girls showed wonderful spirit to fight through it and equalize and push it into overtime.
“I think Ellen is telling me subliminally that she wants to play up top again. She’s had a great season for the program as a centerback. She’s composed and smart, but she has a knack for the goal so I may have to sit down with the coaches and do some thinking.
“What can I day? The overtime goal, the excitement of it all, it was a crazy day. That’s one of the craziest days I’ve ever been a part of in my life. I’m just thankful and grateful to be on the positive end of it.”
- Lipscomb has only lost two of its last 18 regular season conference games.
- The Bisons are now 5-11 against Jacksonville in the series history.
- Lipscomb outshot Jacksonville 29-10, with a 16-5 shots-on-goal advantage. Both numbers were season highs for the Bisons.
- Lipscomb earned a season-high 14 corner kicks to JU’s two.
- Three Dolphins were booked for yellow cards, while the Bisons earned zero cards.
- Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Kate Mason made two saves in the match, bringing her season total to 48.
- Rawlins, Mason, Bailey, and junior Brooke Brenner went the full 108 minutes for the Purple and Gold.
UP NEXT: The Bisons will have a short break before taking on USC Upstate on the road on Oct. 14 at noon.