|August 22, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|NKU||08:58||Ally Perkins (Madelyn Koewler , Shawna Zaken)|
|NKU||59:43||Shawna Zaken (Hannah Fischer )|
|NKU||88:19||Kailey Ivins (Kayla Wypasek , Ally Perkins)|
|Stats at a Glance||NKU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (9)||16 (9)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team stumbled out of the gate in its regular season opener and suffered a 4-0 defeat to Northern Kentucky on Thursday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“We came into this game knowing it was going to be a really difficult opponent,” head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We’ve played them in the past and they are exactly what they are, which is physical, very strong defensively, committed, athletic and we knew what we were getting ourselves into.”
The Bisons fell behind early, as Northern Kentucky (1-0) was able to put two goals in the back of the net within the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Norse’s first goal came in the eighth tick as Megan Patrick sent a corner kick into the top right corner of the goal just over the outstretched hands of Lipscomb goalkeeper Melissa Gray.
After the restart from the first goal, it took just over a minute for NKU to find the net again. This time, off the foot of Ally Perkins, who was set up by Madelyn Koewler and Shawna Zaken.
The Purple and Gold saw more of the same in the second half as Northern Kentucky scored two more goals to put the score at 4-0. Zaken scored NKU’s third goal in the 60th minute and Kailey Ivans sealed it with her score in the 89th minute.
“In the end I thought [Northern Kentucky] started the game brighter than we did; took the lead pretty early and from then on it was us chasing,” O’Brien said. “So as much as we did well in preseason, this was the first regular season game and unfortunately we didn’t put in the performance in all phases of the game that we needed to be successful.
“Now having said that I thought we created some very good chances. I thought their goalkeeper had a great game. We did outshoot them, but in the end our shots have to hit the back of the net like theirs did. So we’ve got some things to work on.”
- The Bisons outshot the Norse 16-11, with each team putting nine on goal.
- Cami Rogers and Leah Cernicky led Lipscomb with two shot attempts, both of which were on goal.
- Northern Kentucky earned five corner kicks to none for Lipscomb.
- Danielle Van Liere, Erin McCarthy, Grace Oliver, Hannah Parrish, Molly Grant, Peyton Brandenburg and Rogers all made their debuts in the Purple and Gold.
- Parrish was subbed in at keeper after halftime and made two saves.
Lipscomb will look to bounce back in its second game versus Belmont on Sunday. The Battle of the Boulevard will take place at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex with a scheduled start time of 5 p.m.