NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (8-6-3, 5-1-1) women’s soccer team ended the regular season with a loss as the Bisons fell to Kennesaw State 1-0 at home on senior night Saturday night.
Despite the loss, the Bisons will finish the regular season as ASUN Co-Champions for the first time in program history. Lipscomb tied with FGCU atop the final conference standings, and earned the tiebreaker over the Eagles thanks to a 1-0 road victory in Fort Myers.
The Owls (8-6-3, 3-3-1) scored late in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. KSU junior Carly Pressgrove found the ball bouncing around in the box after a corner and slotted it into the upper left corner of the net in the 40th minute.
The Bisons had several chances to score in the second half, including a pair of shots-on-goal in the final minutes, but could not find the back of the net. Sophomore Leah Cernicky rocketed a shot off the crossbar in the game’s waning moments, but the Owls preserved the clean sheet.
Lipscomb redshirt-junior goalkeeper Kate Mason had an active night, fending off four Kennesaw shots to up her season total to 62.
Lipscomb seniors Ellen Lundy, Jade Abarca, Natalie DuBoise, Nimah Rawlins, and Paige Miller all started in their final games in the Purple and Gold. The quintet were celebrated during the senior night festivities prior to kickoff.
Lipscomb Women’s Soccer Head Coach Kevin O’Brien’s Thoughts:
“It was a tough game. I thought Kennesaw came in and made it really difficult. They’re a very physical and hard-working team. They disrupted our ability to connect passes. My hat’s off to Benji and his group. They’re playing really good soccer at the moment.
“It was an even game for the most part. We created some really good chances and hit the frame a couple of times, but just couldn’t find a way in. Soccer’s funny like that sometimes. They had a corner, the ball dropped, it was kind of like a scrum, and they were the first to it and able to put it in the back of the net.
“I don’t think we were outplayed in any way, shape, or form. I thought we played some good soccer at times, other times a bit sloppy. In the end, we just weren’t able to find that answer with an equalizing goal.
“These seniors have made a profound impact on the program. Where it was before they arrived was a long way off from where we are now. We’re a more competitive program, and I think the culture of the program is miles better.
“I’m going to be eternally grateful for that group for coming and believing we could be a good program and a team that could win a conference championship. They bought into that before the results were there. I’m super thankful for each one of them.”
- Lipscomb outshot KSU 12-10, but the Owls had a 5-3 shots-on-goal advantage.
- Junior Brooke Brenner and sophomore Olivia Doak led the Bisons with three shots, while they each notched two shots on goal. Lundy provided the third shot on goal.
- The two squads tied with six corners apiece.
- Mason, Rawlins, and junior Justis Bailey went the full 90 minutes for the Purple and Gold.
- KSU was called for six fouls, while Lipscomb was whistled for five. No cards were handed out.
UP NEXT: As the top seed, the Bisons will be hosting the semifinals and finals of the ASUN Championship on Nov. 3 and 5. Lipscomb’s semifinals opponent is to be determined. They will face the winner of No. 4 Kennesaw State and No. 5 North Florida.