|September 06, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MAR||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||8 (2)||20 (7)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team opened up weekend play at the Music City Invite with a 2-0 win versus Marshall Friday evening.
“I feel like today was probably the most complete performance in terms of connecting the ball from back to front, playing through the midfield when we needed to and all the players that came in finally being on the same page,” head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “It takes a while in preseason to get everyone on the same page when you’re trying to assimilate transfers and freshman, but I think we’re finally starting to click and it was really good performance from everybody.”
The first half saw the two squads play to an even 0-0 draw despite some scoring opportunities for the Bisons.
Within the first five minutes of the match Leah Cernicky and Allie Dunn nearly sent shots into the back of the net, but couldn’t convert. Cernicky’s shot was punched away by a diving Marshall goalkeeper and Dunn’s shot floated into the post but was eventually controlled by Marshall.
Lipscomb continued on the attack in the second half and finally broke through in the 57th minute. Freshman Molly Grant took advantage of a turnover by the Thundering Herd in its defensive zone and chipped one into the back of the net from just outside the box to put the Bisons up 1-0.
The Purple and Gold never took its foot off the pedal and continued to put the pressure on Marshall’s defense for the remainder of the game.
In the 70th minute Lipscomb seemed to put its second goal of the match on the board as Olivia Doak sent a scorcher past the keeper, but after some deliberation among the officials it was disallowed due to Doak being offside.
The Bisons would however get that second goal in the 82nd minute to seal the victory. Once again, the goal came off the foot of Grant with a well-placed shot in lower corner from just inside the box to make it 2-0.
“It’s awesome to see freshmen come in and shake things up and show the rest of the squad how talented they are,” O’Brien said. “I really think Molly is seizing her opportunity right now and it’s exciting for me as a coach to have great young players in the program.”
- Lipscomb outshot Marshall 20-8 and had a 7-2 shots-on-goal advantage.
- Grant’s two goals were the first regular season goals in her career.
- Melissa Gray recorded her second shutout of the season and made two saves.
- The Bisons earned five corners to the Thundering Herd’s four.
- Katia Hanger and Dominique Diller went the full 90 minutes for the Purple and Gold.
Lipscomb will continue play this weekend at the Music City Invite with a match against Colgate on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.