|September 26, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|KSU||64:38||Becky Contreras (Emely Sosa )|
|LIP||72:54||Kaitlin Echols (Cami Rogers )|
|LIP||82:01||Olivia Doak (Hailey Eck )|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|Shots (on Goal)||19 (9)||18 (10)|
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team won its home match against the Kennesaw State Owls on Thursday by a score of 2-1. The match was the ASUN conference opener for both sides.
The Bisons got off to an excellent start, creating two opportunities in the first 5 minutes that nearly resulted in the opening goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Kennesaw State quickly responded with an opportunity of its own that was well dealt with by the Lipscomb defense. From there, however, the match stagnated and neither side found a goal before the first half ended.
The first five minutes of the second half were equally as promising for Lipscomb. In the 50th minute a shot struck the post and a header came inches wide of the post just moments later, but still the Bisons couldn’t get one home.
In the 66th minute, against the run of play, the Owls went ahead on a Becky Contreras goal from inside the box.
Not long afterwards, the Bisons found a way to level the scoring. Kaitlin Echols finished a close-range opportunity after a deflected shot to even things up at 1-1 in the 72nd minute. Cami Rogers assisted off the deflected shot to Echols.
In the 83rd minute, Olivia Doak had a moment of brilliance, creating her own opportunity, off a through-ball from Hailey Eck, with excellent footwork and finished it off with an unstoppable strike that hit the post on its way in.
That goal proved to be the winner, as Lipscomb completed the comeback and got conference play off to a perfect start.
“For me, this game kind of elicited a response that we haven’t had to have this year in terms of grittiness, fight and resiliency,” head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “I tip my hat to Kennesaw State, they’re a phenomenal team. The game could’ve gone either way, but we got the goal that ultimately sealed it.”
- Echols’ goal was her third of the season and Rogers’ assist was also her third of the season
- Doak’s goal was her seventh on the year, which ranks as the most on the Bisons.
- Eck’s assist was her first on the year.
- Goalkeeper Melissa Gray made a season-high eight saves in the match.
- KSU outshot Lipscomb 19-18, but the Bisons had a 10-9 shots on goal advantage.
- Each team earned four corner kicks on the night.
- Erin Harris for Kennesaw and Leah Cernicky for Lipscomb were both issued yellow cards.
The women’s soccer team takes the field again when they host Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday at 1 PM at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.