|September 12, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|CIN||02:44||Han Tang (Sophie Gorman )|
|LIP||18:47||Olivia Doak (Cami Rogers )|
|LIP||32:10||Kaitlin Echols (Cami Rogers )|
|CIN||63:29||Sophie Gorman (Bri Costigan )|
|Stats at a Glance||CIN||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||16 (6)||8 (4)|
NASHVILLE- The Lipscomb women’s soccer team lost a 3-2 decision at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday.
The Bearcats struck first when Han Tang pounced on an opportunity in front of the goal and scored inside of 3 minutes.
Lipscomb quickly regained momentum, controlling possession and creating opportunities in the attack. Lipscomb’s efforts were rewarded in the 19th minute with a wide-open finish from Olivia Doak. Cami Rogers delivered a quality cross from the right side to set up Lipscomb’s leading scorer this season.
The Bisons didn’t stop there, though, adding a go-ahead goal to make the score 2-1 at the 33rd minute mark. Cami Rogers set up the goal yet again, and Kaitlin Echols was on the end of the pass. Her precise finish kissed the right post on its way into the back of the net.
The second half brought some unfortunate results for the home supporters, as Cincinnati wasted little time in bringing the match back level again. Sophie Gorman made the score 2-2 with an excellent strike in the 64th minute.
Soon after, Lipscomb’s night got worse, as the Bearcats earned a penalty kick on a handball inside the box. Han Tang added to her tally with her penalty conversion, giving Cincinnati the 3-2 advantage after 66 minutes.
The last 25 minutes were tense and provided a handful of opportunities for the Bisons, but none found their way into the back of the net, giving Cincinnati the comeback win to take home with them.
“It was a good game and we knew they were going to be a really good, tough team,” head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We’ve played them the last couple of years and it’s always been a similar kind of game as this and it really could’ve gone either way. In the end it’s disappointing to lose a game on a handball penalty from a player who had a phenomenal match.
“Soccer is cruel. Sometimes it’s just that way, but having said that I didn’t think we played our best game that we could’ve played. Part of that is I think you have to give credit to Cincinnati. They were physical. They were hard. They were in your face and they made it hard to execute quick combinations. But the game plan is to learn and grow and we have another opportunity on Sunday.”
- Cincinnati outshot Lipscomb 16-8 and had a 6-4 shots-on-goal advantage
- Rogers two assists were her first on the season
- Doak’s goal in the 19th minute was her fourth of the year
- Doak, Echols, Katia Hanger and Dominique Diller went the full 90 minutes for the Purple and Gold
The Bisons next stop of the 2019 campaign is in Cookeville, TN when they take on Tennessee Tech on Sunday at 6 p.m.