MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The spring exhibition season for the Lipscomb women’s soccer team is officially underway with aconvincing 3-0 win at Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
The teams played three 30-minute periods instead of the traditional two 45-minute halves to allow each coaching staff to make more tactical adjustments and player personnel changes.
“It was a great game for the team,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “The girls have been working incredibly hard with our strength coach to improve their overall fitness levels. They’ve been lifting in the weight room and conditioning on the field five days a week, and I felt that we saw their fitness gains on display.”
The Lady Bisons scored two goals in the first period. The goals were scored by freshman Riley Henry and Allie Dunn, a freshman transfer from the University of Arkansas.
“It was very rewarding as a coach to see the team score two completely different types of goals in that first period,” O’Brien said. “Goal number one was the epitome of a transition goal. We traveled 115 yards in under 10 seconds. The counter attack started with our goalkeeper Melissa Gray and only had four passes before Riley stuck it in the back of their net.
“Conversely, the second goal was scored on a slower build up from our defensive third. It was an 11-pass combination between multiple players that showed great technical ability, vision and patience before Allie scored her first, of hopefully many, goal for the program.”
The second period was void of any goals, but the soccer played by both MTSU and Lipscomb was a joy to watch by any spectator who was in attendance.
The third period of play was solid for Lipscomb in that the team created several very good scoring chances, with Dunn scoring her second of the day on a breakaway midway through the final stanza.
“Overall I am very pleased,” O’Brien said. “We had great goalkeeping and defending and subsequently, were able to keep a strong MTSU team from scoring. On top of that, some of our attacking movements were excellent.
“When it’s all said and done, these spring games are about learning and development. We had a lot of young players step up and perform, and that bodes well for the future.”