|August 25, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||74:49||Olivia Doak (Maycie McKay )|
|LIP||85:13||Olivia Doak (Hailey Eck )|
|Stats at a Glance||BEL||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||3 (2)||14 (7)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team claimed its first victory of the 2019 season by defeating rival Belmont in the Battle of the Boulevard 2-1 on Sunday evening.
After playing the first half to a scoreless draw, the intensity picked up between the two rivals and the rain started to come down at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
With both teams holding strong defensively scoring chances were hard to come by. However, Belmont was able to break through first and take the lead in the 54th minute.
Paige Hewitt earned a free kick after drawing a foul a couple yards outside the box and sent a shot attempt towards Lipscomb goalkeeper Hannah Parrish. Parrish looked able to make a clean save, but due to the wet conditions the ball slipped from her hands as she tried to make the catch and rolled into the back of the net.
With their backs now against the wall and the thought of starting the season with two losses, the Bisons went on the attack.
“When you get slugged in the face and you’re not expecting it we’ve got to respond,” Head Coach Kevin O’Brien said. “It’s fight or flight. Either we put our heads between our tails and walk away or we’re going to answer the call and that is what I think ramped it up.”
It took until the 75th minute, but the Purple and Gold were finally able to put one on the board as redshirt senior Maycie McKay sent in a cross off a corner kick directly to the head of Olivia Doak who put it past the Belmont goalkeeper knotting the match up at 1-1.
The Bisons then built off the momentum from the first goal of the season and continued to press in the Belmont defensive zones.
Once again it was Doak making a play for Lipscomb by scoring the game-winning goal in the 86th minute. Senior defender Hailey Eck sent in a long, floating pass from just over the midfield line giving Doak a chance to run under the ball and just get enough on it to flick it into the back of the net securing the win.
“For me, I was really proud of the response,” O’Brien said. “I was proud that they dug deep, they kept going and persevered, ultimately, against probably the most organized and athletic Belmont team that I’ve seen in the last five or six years, so it was a great result.”
- Lipscomb outshot Belmont 14-3 and had seven shots on goal compared to two for Belmont.
- Doak’s two goals were the first two of the 2019 season for the Purple and Gold.
- The Bisons earned four corner kicks while the Bruins earned just one.
- Doak, Dominique Diller, Eck, Katia Hanger and Parrish went the full 90 minutes for Lipscomb.
- Lipscomb continues its win streak over Belmont now going 6-0-1 over the last seven years.
The Bisons will hit the road for the first time this season with a match against Jacksonville State on Friday August 30. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Jacksonville, Alabama.