LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For the second consecutive season, the Lipscomb women's soccer team has made it to the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.
The Bisons will head up to Louisville, Kentucky to matchup against ACC Conference member, Louisville in the first round.
The match will kickoff at 5 p.m. CST on Friday from Lynn Stadium. The match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and live stats will also be available.
For any Bisons faithful making the trip, tickets are on-sale now at GoCards.com/NCAAWSoccer. Ticket are $10 for reserved chairback seating and $5 for general admission berm tickets.
PATH TO THE DANCE:
The No. 2 seed Bisons earned a bid to the NCAA tournament by defeating the No. 5 seed Kennesaw State in the ASUN Championship Game last Saturday in a penalty shootout (4-3) after playing 110 minutes to an even 1-1 draw.
Lipscomb came back in dramatic fashion during the penalty kicks as they were down 3-1, but fought back to make its next three attempts along with some key saves from goalkeeper Melissa Gray and misses from KSU.
Senior forward Olivia Doak scored the goal in regulation, which was her 10th of the year.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS:
- Louisville comes into the match with an overall record of 12-4-2, while going 5-3-2 in ACC play.
- This is the second straight year the Cardinals have earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
- Louisville finished fourth in the ACC regular season standings, which was the programs highest finish in the ACC.
- Emina Ekic leads the Cardinals on the offensive side of the ball with eight goals and seven assists for 23 points.
- Goalkeeper Gabby Kouzelos posts a 0.74 goals against average and owns a 12-4-2 record along with eight shutouts.
- This will be the first ever match between the two squads.
- The Bisons had five All-Conference selections: Olivia Doak (First Team), Maycie McKay (First Team), Leah Cernicky (Second Team), Katia Hanger (Second Team, All-Freshman) and Molly Grant (All-Freshman).
- Doak, McKay and Cernicky were also selected to the All-Academic Team, with Doak being named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
- The Purple and Gold are led by Doak on the offensive side of the ball with 10 goals, five assists and 23 points.
- Doak ranks in the top-10 in the ASUN in goals (fifth), assists (seventh) and points (fourth).
- Doak ranks second in school history with 29 career goals and 20 career assists.
- McKay has had a superb senior campaign with six goals, seven assists and 19 points.
- McKay ranks third in school history with 23 career goals and is the all-time leader with 24 career assists.
- McKay was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. It was the first time since 2011 a member of the Bisons was honored with this selection.
- Gray has allowed just 14 goals this season, while making 77 saves.
- Gray has a .846 save percentage (second in ASUN) and a .780 GAA (first in the ASUN).
- Grant has been an effective reserve in her freshman season scoring six goals and tallying seven assists for 19 points.
- Lipscomb is currently on a seven-match unbeaten streak.
- Head coach Kevin O’Brien is currently in his seventh year at Lipscomb. He has compiled an overall record of 79-51-24 and is 37-16-10 in ASUN Conference play.