|November 09, 2018||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|LIP||109:14||BAILEY, Justis (DILLER, Dominique )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||MSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (3)||28 (7)|
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In soccer, sometimes all it takes is one play to make a difference.
History has been made again as the Lipscomb women’s soccer team upset Mississippi State 1-0 in extra time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
It marks the first time that a Lipscomb women's program has ever reached the second round of a NCAA Tournament.
Lipscomb (15-4-2) and Mississippi State (9-7-2) battled for 109 scoreless minutes before the Lady Bisons secured the game-winner with less than a minute to play before penalty kicks.
The Bulldogs were called for a foul in the game’s waning moments, and redshirt-junior Dom Diller stepped up to take the free kick.
Diller boomed in a ball that bounced around in the box before careening off of senior captain Justis Bailey into the back of the net for the game-winning score.
The score was Bailey’s first of the season, and the assist was Diller’s second of the year.
Redshirt-senior Kate Mason came up huge in the net with seven saves to keep the Southeastern Conference foes out of the net. The Texas native now has 95 saves and nine shutouts on the year.
The defensive backline was stingy throughout, as MSU outshot Lipscomb 28-8 and earned 13 corners to the Bisons’ one, only for the Purple and Gold to hold the Bulldogs scoreless.
Diller, Bailey, junior Hailey Eck, and freshman Logan McFadden, along with Mason, played all 109 minutes for the stout defensive performance.
MSU scored an early goal in the 22nd minute, but it was waived offsides by the referees.
Lipscomb will take on No. 4-seed and ninth-ranked nationally Duke on Friday, November 16. A time and location will be determined after Sunday's first round wraps up.
- The win is Lipscomb’s second against a SEC school this season after taking down Kentucky 2-1 at home. The Lady Bisons are 4-9-2 all-time against SEC school, and 2-0 against Mississippi State after a 2016 victory in Starkville.
- Lipscomb is now 3-2-2 in extra time games this season.
- Junior forward Olivia Doak joined the defensive players in playing all 109 minutes.
- Junior midfielder Leah Cernicky led Lipscomb with four shots and two shots on goal. Doak was the only other player with multiple shots.
- Lipscomb notched three shots on goal and the Bulldogs had seven.
- Freshman Zakirah McGillavary led MSU with six shots. She was also handed a yellow card.
- MSU was whistled for 10 fouls, and Lipscomb earned six.
- The Lady Bisons narrowly avoided their first-ever penalty kick shootout.
POSTGAME PRESSER QUOTES:
Head coach Kevin O’Brien
KO: It was a wonderful game. Hats off to Mississippi State. They’re incredibly talented. They have a wonderful work ethic and athleticism and fight. For us, we knew it was going to be a challenge right from the get-go. We had prepared our team well to know what they were getting themselves into and it played out almost exactly as our scouting report said. We’re just grateful. We’ve got a team with a wonderful fight and spirit and a never say die attitude. It served us well today.
Q: What does it feel like to make history?
KO: It hasn’t fully sunk in yet. It’s wonderful. I will say this, if there was ever a team that I would want to have this experience with, it’d be this team right here. They are such a joy to work with every day. We’ve got high-character kids. Every kid on the roster is just amazing. The way they serve each other and love each other is pretty spectacular. For me, I’m thankful to be a part of it, but I’m just a small part of it.
Q: Is that what it takes, a wonderful fight, spirit and never-say-die attitude to win in a double overtime?
KO: Yeah, especially against a team that had the attacking talent that Mississippi State had. Our defenders had to really dig their heels in. I can’t tell you how many headers and clearances we had. They had lots of good opportunities, but we handled it as well as we could ask for.
Dominique Diller | M | R-Jr.
Q: Take me through the last play of the game?
DM: I remember putting the ball down and taking a deep breath and thinking, ‘This is probably the last play of the game before we go into penalty kicks.’ I just hit it towards the goal and hoped someone would get on the end of it. I saw it in the back of the net and was overjoyed. It was so much excitement. The whole team just celebrating, coming together. This was a huge accomplishment and we worked really hard for this. I just couldn’t be more proud of it.
Kate Mason | GK | R-Sr.
Q: What do you say about tonight’s game and your performance?
KM: Just the mentality of this game was that I was not giving up a goal. I was not going to get scored on. I knew if they weren’t going to get scored on us, we weren’t going to lose the game. I think our team has had that all season, especially in this late run here. We have this refuse to lose mentality. It served us well. Looking into each other’s eyes at halftime and then those intermissions between overtimes, we made eye contact with everyone in the circle and said, ‘We are not losing this game. We will get a goal.’ It was cool that we did it.