LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team fell by a score of 2-0 in its first conference road match of the season to Liberty on Friday night.
The Bisons and Flames took the pitch at Osborne Stadium for an intense conference match that was played even through the first 45 minutes of action. Neither squad was able to get on the board despite a couple of scoring opportunities.
Lipscomb’s best look came in the 39th minute as senior forward Olivia Doak was able to get around two Liberty defenders on a bouncing through-ball. Doak was able to control the ball in the box and sent a shot toward the goal, but unfortunately it went wide to the lower left corner.
After the restart for the second half, it didn’t take long for the scoring to start.
Liberty was able to seize momentum, as Gabrielle Farrell was able to break away down the left side of the pitch and sent a shot past Melissa Gray into the right side of the net to put the Flames up 1-0 in the 48th minute.
The Flames took their momentum from the first goal and used it to score just two minutes later.
Farrell was able to put another shot on goal that was saved, but sent out for a corner kick. On the corner kick, the ball was sent towards the goal and Gray went to catch the cross, but couldn’t handle it and fumbled the ball into the net.
Needing to make up two goals, the Bisons pushed for a comeback but couldn’t put a shot past Liberty goalkeeper Melody Jayroe.
- Lipscomb was outshot 14-13 and Liberty had a 9-6 shots-on-goal advantage
- Gray was kept busy in the net and made eight saves
- The Flames earned five corners to the Bisons three
- Hannah Torbett led the Purple and Gold with three shots and two were on goal
- Doak, Leah Cernicky, Dominique Diller, Katia Hanger and Maycie McKay went the full 90 minutes for Lipscomb
The Bisons will stay on the road as they head to Jacksonville, Fla. for a matchup versus the Dolphins. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10.