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Lipscomb comeback attempt against rival Belmont comes up short

Lipscomb comeback attempt against rival Belmont comes up short

Posted on 25 November 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb men’s basketball team dug an early hole that was too much to dig out of despite a valiant effort on Monday night in an 82-77 loss to rival Belmont at the Curb Event Center.

The first half was a tale of three runs. The Bruins opened the contest with a 17-3 run including a trio of 3-pointers to take early command of the contest.

“I told the team in the locker room that the team that was in the locker room last Monday night compared to the team in the locker room tonight is miles and miles apart,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “We have what it takes to be a good team and we have what it takes to be a championship team.

“We can’t make big mistakes and put ourselves in a hole. We have to pursue excellence a lot more than we are right now.”

The Bisons refused to back down despite the deficit and went on a 13-3 run of their own with a pair of bookend treys by sophomore forward Brett Wishon to cut the Belmont lead to one at 20-19.

“The only thing that matters is what the score is in the end,” said Alexander. “There are so many ebbs and flows in a basketball game. Some games more than others and tonight was one of those games. You just have to play through it. You have to play with poise. You have to play regardless of circumstance. You have to be the same team and be diligent in what you’re trying to do.”

Belmont then closed the half on a 14-0 run to take a 41-27 lead into halftime. Lipscomb again got up off the mat in the second half thanks to a surge by senior forward Martin Smith to cut the Bruins lead back to two at 12:08.

Andy Bradshaw then took over for the Bruins and scored 14 points in 3:05 to put Belmont back in front. Bradshaw would finish as the game’s top scorer with a career high 29 on 9-of-14 shooting including a 5-of-7 night behind the arc.

The Bisons were led by twins Malcolm and Martin Smith, who each scored 21 for the Purple and Gold.

“Malcolm had a lot to do with our willingness to stay in the game,” said Alexander. “He and Martin both did and I challenged Martin at halftime and he responded like he’s supposed to. I’m proud of both of those guys.”

The Bisons will take a short break for Thanksgiving before hitting the road for a Sunday contest at Colorado. The 1 p.m. contest against the Buffaloes is set to air on the PAC-12 network and locally on 94.9 Game 2.

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Moran leads Lipscomb to 74-63 win over Transylvania

Moran leads Lipscomb to 74-63 win over Transylvania

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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Taking on Transylvania for the first time since 1976, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Pioneers behind a 74-63 win on Saturday night at Allen Arena in Nashville.

“I liked our defensive effort in the first half,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “Even though the margin was only 10, I thought our numbers were great and we had a lot of good possessions.

“I never felt confident offensively all night long and quite honestly I’m looking for answers. Our shots are going to fall. We have a lot of good shooters and they are going to start hitting eventually. We’re pressing right now in our head a little bit but we have to figure it out quickly.”

Freshman guard Nathan Moran led the Bisons (2-2) with a career-high 16 points off the bench. The newcomer was solid beyond the arch hitting 4-of-7 from deep to go with five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week, Josh Williams, finished just behind Moran with a 15-point night on 6-of-10 shooting to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Brett Wishon rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Bisons with a 10-point effort.

“Transylvania played well,” said Alexander. “They played hard and with a lot of confidence. I have to give them a lot of credit. They had a lot to do with why we didn’t play better than we wanted to.”

Ball control proved to be a key to the win for the Purple and Gold as Lipscomb won the turnover battle 18-13 resulting in 23 points for the Bisons.

Lipscomb continues action in the Music City on Monday night against rival Belmont. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. from the Curb Center. The game is set to air on 94.9 Game 2.

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TSU Defeats Lipscomb 73-55

TSU Defeats Lipscomb 73-55

Posted on 22 November 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team picked up its first win of the season after defeating Lipscomb University, 73-55, Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena.

Chelsea Hudson led TSU (1-2) and picked up her first double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Allen finished the game with 10 points.

Lipscomb (1-3) was led in scoring by Danay Fothergill’s 13 points.

Tennessee State grabbed the momentum in the first half and controlled the pace throughout the contest. TSU forced LU into 28 turnovers and scored 26 points off of the miscues.

Early in the game, TSU was leading 9-8 when the Lady Tigers went on a 10-0 run to go ahead, 19-8. Lipscomb responded with a rally to cut the deficit down to four points before TSU went into the halftime break with a, 28-23, lead.

The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Bisons 11-2 to start the second stanza and extended the advantage to, 39-25, at the 11:51 mark.

Lipscomb called a timeout in an attempt to halt the TSU spurt but Chelsea Hudson found Diamond Beatty in the paint to make the score, 41-25, in favor of the visiting team.

A couple of buckets by the Lady Bisons pulled them within 11 but four consecutive points from Briana Morrow, put TSU on top, 46-31.

TSU maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

TSU shot an improved 73.5 percent (25-of-34) from the free-throw line and outrebounded LU, 46-32. The Lady Tigers also held the advantage in second chance points (20-5) and points in the paint (38-18).

The Lady Tigers will play their second game in three days when they return to action against #4 Tennessee on Monday, Nov. 24. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Williams scores 32 as Lipscomb opens with win over Berry

Williams scores 32 as Lipscomb opens with win over Berry

Posted on 15 November 2014 by Allen

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Lipscomb men’s basketball coach Casey Alexander isn’t shy about saying he is all about the results.

And while he liked the fact that his Bisons won their season opener 91-70 Friday night at Allen Arena over Division 3 Berry College, he also wasn’t shy in admitting he didn’t enjoy watching the process.

“We were incredibly sloppy,” Alexander said. “We were supposed to win, but I am not sure we made progress towards where we wanted to be.

“We made 22 turnovers. That is a lot for any game, but this is a game where we should have controlled the tempo, they controlled the pace and controlled both ends of the floor to a much better degree than we did.”

Alexander wants his players to be more concerned with playing as a team. He isn’t certain they would be able to beat many teams on their schedule based on the performance he saw.

“I just want our team to be more concerned about being solid more often,” Alexander said. “This was a game we were supposed to win and we won. But I’m not sure we made a lot of progress towards where we want to be.

“Fortunately, it is a lesson learned when we have the win in our back pocket. If this was maybe anybody else on our schedule the result would not have been in our favor. We have to look at it for what it is.”

Sophomore guard Josh Williams led all scorers with 32 points, hitting 9-of-15 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. He was 50 percent from 3-point range hitting three-of-six.

“Josh had a real good night,” Alexander said. “He kept us going in the first half. He was 8-for-10 from the line in the first half while the rest of the team was one-for-seven.

“All night long he was good and made some timely shots. He got a lot of stuff in transition. He always shows up in the stat sheet because he has so much versatility.”

Also in double figures were senior forward Martin Smith with 14 and freshman guard Nathan Moran with 10.

Martin Smith was the leading rebounder with nine, tying for the game-high.

“We shot 3-point shots pretty good for the first 30-to-35 minutes,” Alexander said. “It seemed like we couldn’t get one to drop down the stretch. That is going to come and go,

“I thought we got good looks. I wish our percentage was better. “

Alexander also wanted to see a higher shooting percentage from the field.

“He shot 40 percent overall and that is not going to win many basketball games either,” Alexander said. “I give Berry a lot of credit. They got after us. They played without fear all the way to the end.

“I tried to challenge our guys virtually every time out to extend the lead or to put a run on them. I said let’s run away with. Let’s wear them out. But Berry wouldn’t let us do it.”

The Bisons have little time to fine-tune with the “Battle of the Boulevard” with Belmont scheduled for 6:30 Monday night at Allen Arena.

“Preparation is the biggest key,” Alexander said. “Belmont is an extremely tough team to play. They are very sound in what they do.”

The contest is set to air on ESPN3.

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Lady Bisons fall 1-0

Lady Bisons fall 1-0

Posted on 08 November 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team posted a phenomenal season and set its sights on defeating the team that knocked the Lady Bisons out of their first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament last year.

The Lady Bisons fell 1-0 in double overtime to Kennesaw State Friday night in Fort Myers, Florida in the A-Sun Semifinals.

“It was a really difficult result tonight,” said Lipscomb head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “The performance of the players was excellent. They dug in, played well against a good Kennesaw team, and created some good opportunities. It was just a disappointing goal to give up.”

Lipscomb capped off its best season yet locking in an overall record of 10-7-2 and 4-2-1 in the A-Sun, both program bests. The team broke the school record for most wins in a season (10), most shutouts in a season (11), and most shots in a season (262).

“My heart goes out to our players,” O’Brien said. “The most important message I want them to know is how proud of them I am for the effort they’ve put in, the development they’ve made, and how they’ve worked hand-in-hand. They’re a unified group that fights to the end and we certainly did that tonight.”

Both Lipscomb and Kennesaw turned up the defensive pressure in the first half sending the game into halftime with no goals scored. Lipscomb recorded two shots during the first period while Kennesaw State attempted four.
The defensive battle continued into the second half with Lipscomb adding five more shots and Kennesaw taking eight more with no goals recorded.

After one period of scoreless overtime, the two teams continued to vie for a spot in the championship round in double overtime.

Khatra Mahdi nailed the game-winning goal in the 107th minute to advance the Owls to the A-Sun Tournament finals. Julia Nelson served the ball to Mahdi who carried it 30 yards for the goal.

The game in Fort Myers marked the end of three careers for Lipscomb. Seniors Baylee Linnell, Brittany Rupple, and Karli Crosby all played substantial roles in getting the team where it is today.

“The senior class has been excellent with the way they’ve believed in the new coaching staff and in the way they’ve carried the torch and led the team,” O’Brien said. “Unfortunately at the end, we only have one of the three playing, but I’m just really proud of Baylee, Karli, and Brittany. I wish them the best in their future careers.”

The Lady Bisons posted eight shots against Kennesaw putting three on goal. The Owls took 17 shots seeing five on goal.

Sophomore Anna Buhigas ended the season with a goalie record of 10-7-2 and made four saves.
Despite the allowed goal Friday night, Buhigas broke the record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 15. She broke the record last year with 22.

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Northern Kentucky tops Lipscomb 2-0

Northern Kentucky tops Lipscomb 2-0

Posted on 25 October 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team may have fallen to Northern Kentucky 2-0 Friday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex, but the Lady Bisons still have lots to celebrate.

The team held a special ceremony before the match to honor the outgoing seniors for their hard work and commitment to the program the last four years. Karli Crosby, Baylee Linnell, and Brittany Rupple were the seniors honored.
Despite the upset against the Norse in the final game of the regular season, the Purple and Gold also managed to clinch the No. 2 seed in this year’s Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

“We’re really proud of the body of work the girls put together throughout the course of this season,” said Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien. “We’re excited, but we’ve got lots of work to do.”

The Lady Bisons started off the first half strong on the offensive side of the ball maintaining possession most of the half. They recorded 15 shots to NKU’s three by the end of the period.

“It was a difficult in the sense that I thought we played some really good soccer at times,” O’Brien said. “We moved the ball around and created great chances, but we just couldn’t find a way through.”

Aubrey Muench put the Norse up 1-0 in the 30th minute after a failed block attempt by Lipscomb goalie Anna Buhigas sent the ball rolling into the net from inside the box.

“They scored on a great counter attack,” O’Brien said. “It was a great taken goal. That kind of changed the complexity of the game.

“So even though I felt like we were a bit stronger and created more chances in the first half, they had the momentum going into halftime.”

Both teams kicked the offense into high gear for the second half with Lipscomb putting out 12 shots in the period while NKU attempted 10.

Muench came back in the 49th minute to secure another goal for the Norse warranting NKU the ultimate result.
“I was optimistic we would come out with a little bit of fire and a little bit of energy,” O’Brien said. “But another well-taken goal by the same player put us on the back foot.”

Lipscomb posted 27 shots with nine on goal at the final buzzer. NKU racked up 13 shots placing three on goal.
The Lady Bisons fall to 10-6-2, 4-2-1 in the A-Sun while NKU improves to 7-7-3 and 3-3-1 in conference play.
“I was proud of the girls in that they kept working, but we really couldn’t get through them,” O’Brien said. “They’re an organized team and that’s hard to break down and we were just incapable of doing that.”

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Lipscomb tops USC Upstate 4-0

Lipscomb tops USC Upstate 4-0

Posted on 18 October 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team closed out the final road game of the season with a 4-0 victory over USC Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina Friday night.

“I am really happy for the team,” said Kevin O’Brien, head women’s soccer coach. “We created many good chances tonight and thankfully scored some great goals.

“It was an important match because we needed to rebound from a difficult result in Ft. Myers last weekend.”

Junior Anna Lail picked up where she left off last weekend putting up two goals and one assist over USC Upstate.
Lail provided the early 1-0 lead for Lipscomb edging past the defense for the goal in 17th minute with an assist from Jade Abarca.

Elizabeth Ashwood slipped a shot past the keeper inside the box to boost Lipscomb’s lead to 2-0 in the 44th minute. Abarca picked up her second assist of the game on the play.

Lipscomb stepped into halftime with a 2-0 lead taking seven shots placing four on goal. The defense refused to let the Spartans open up any goal opportunities holding Upstate to two shots in the first half.

Lipscomb upheld its solid performance going into the second half, putting up two more goals and continuing to limit any offensive chances for the Spartans.

Paige Miller picked up the third goal for the Lady Bisons in the 52nd minute with an assist from Lail. The current A-Sun Player of the Week footed a pass to Miller near the Upstate back line to give the Lady Bisons the scoring break.

In the 54th minute, Lail made her second goal of the game with an assist from Natalie DuBoise solidifying a 4-0 Lipscomb lead.

“Anna is playing her best soccer of the year right now,” O’Brien said. “She’s been creating quality chances all season, but she’s finally tucking them away.

“We are thankful that she’s found her form during the most important stretch of the season.”

The Lady Bisons capped off the match with 13 shots seeing eight on goal while holding the Spartans to four shots with two on goal.

Lipscomb goalie Anna Buhigas made two saves facing four shots. She played for 73:57 before freshman Kate Mason took over in goal to finish out the night. Buhigas was awarded the win to increase her record to 10-5-2.
The Purple and Gold improves to 10-5-2, 4-1-1 in the Atlantic Sun while USC Upstate drops to 2-12-1 and 0-5-1 in the conference.

“It’s an exciting time right now for our program,” O’Brien said. “We’re growing in maturity each and every week and the product on the field continues to improve.”

The Lady Bisons will play their final game of the season Friday Oct. 24 as they host Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. The team will honor the departing seniors as part of Senior Day.

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Florida Gulf Coast tops Lipscomb

Florida Gulf Coast tops Lipscomb

Posted on 12 October 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team battled Florida Gulf Coast for the number one seat in the Atlantic Sun, but came up short falling 2-1 to the Eagles at the FGCU Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.

“I’m disappointed in myself for the tactical game plan I provided the team,” said Lipscomb women’s head coach Kevin O’Brien. “It’s my job to help give the girls the best chance to win and I am not sure that I did that today.”
Both teams were fighting to clinch spots in the conference championship, so it was no surprise the competition was intense from the start.

Tabby Tindell put up the 1-0 advantage over the Lady Bisons eight seconds into the game. Shannen Wacker assisted on the play taking the ball down the center serving it to Tindell for the goal.

“It was an inch for us today,” O’Brien said. “It was an uncharacteristic start for us. Giving up a goal eight seconds into the match is not typical for a team with a defensive record like ours.”

Tindell’s second shot in the 7th minute was deflected to Wacker who sealed the opportunity with another FGCU goal for the 2-0 advantage.

Allowing two consecutive goals in the first 10 minutes, the Lady Bisons upped the ante on defense for the remainder of the first half holding the Eagles to 2-0 going into halftime.

In the 68th minute, Anna Lail cut the deficit to 2-1 after driving a 25-yard long shot over the goalie’s head for a Lipscomb goal.

“You cannot spot a talented team like FGCU goals and expect to win,” O’Brien said. “We made some adjustments within the match that really balanced things out and we were rewarded with a great goal by Anna Lail.”

Lipscomb continued to demonstrate heavy defense during the second period refusing to allow any more goals by FGCU in the second half.

“The team showed great heart and determination today,” O’Brien said. “I’m very proud that they never stopped pushing for the equalizing goal.”

The Lady Bisons fall to 9-5-2, 3-1-1 in the A-Sun while the Eagles advance to 12-3, 5-0 in the conference.
Goalie Anna Buhigas picked up her fifth loss of the season dropping her record to 9-5-2. FGCU’s Brittany Brown improved to 12-3.

The Lady Bisons have acquired 214 shots on the season, just four shots shy of breaking the school record.
Up Next: The Purple and Gold travels to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on USC Upstate in the Lady Bisons’ final road game of the season Friday Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. CST.

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Lipscomb tops Stetson 4-2

Lipscomb tops Stetson 4-2

Posted on 11 October 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team recorded a program best ninth win for the season after picking up a 4-2 win over Stetson Friday night.
“We (coaches) were really proud of the team tonight,” said Lipscomb head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “Road wins are always more difficult to come by, so to get a positive result against a good Stetson team was fantastic.”
The Lady Bisons improve to 9-4-2 and 3-0-1 in the conference while the Hatters fall to 3-10-1 and 1-3 in the A-Sun.
Junior Anna Lail collected two goals for Lipscomb. Her first goal came in the 29th minute after the ball was deflected off the keeper’s hands. Her second was assisted by Ellen Lundy in the 40th minute after the goalie cleared the ball to Lail.
Stetson picked up steam just before halftime scoring the team’s first goal in the 45th minute. Autumn Matthews used a cross from Katlyn Sullivan to cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the 47th minute, Adrianna Suarez took hold of a loose ball along the left goal line after an assist from Carmen Bernecker to tie up the game 2-2.
Lipscomb answered with a goal by Emily Shuler 35 yards out in the 71st minute followed by another in the 82nd minute by Lundy. Lundy’s goal came off a loose ball 25 yards out, which she put in the upper left corner of the net.
“We showed some real resolve in the game,” O’Brien said. “Stetson made it very hard to play…and when they came back from two goals down, it demanded we be strong mentally and really dig deep for one another.”
Goalie Anna Buhigas made a phenomenal save on a penalty kick to avoid a Stetson comeback. She collected her ninth win increasing her record to 9-4-2 picking up four saves.
“Anna’s penalty save was big time,” O’Brien said. “It changed the momentum late in the match and we quickly went from a possible 3-3 score line to scoring the fourth goal and making the final moments a lot easier on ourselves.”
Lipscomb closed out the night with 11 shots placing seven on goal while Stetson logged 13 putting six on goal.

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Lipscomb picked third by coaches, second by media in A-Sun preseason poll

Lipscomb picked third by coaches, second by media in A-Sun preseason poll

Posted on 09 October 2014 by Allen

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If the Atlantic Sun Conference men’s basketball coaches and media are correct, the road to the 2015 A-Sun tournament championship will begin in Nashville as both groups have Lipscomb ranked in the top three in the preseason poll released on Thursday.

With the top four teams in the standings hosting the first rounds of the conference championship on campus, the A-Sun coaches tabbed the Bisons to finish in third place behind FGCU and North Florida. The league’s media on the other hand believe the Purple and Gold will edge out North Florida for second place in the conference ranks.

“I think being picked where we are shows there is a healthy level of respect from others around the league from what we accomplished last year,” said Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander. “You always want to be trending in the right direction and we certainly have that same expectation to be that good or better.

“I feel like we have the makings of a high caliber team but we also know that a lot has to go our way to fulfill those expectations.”

Lipscomb senior forward Martin Smith and redshirt-sophomore guard J.C. Hampton were named to the preseason Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team. Smith was a unanimous selection to the team as the leading returning scorer in the league after averaging 15.6 points per game as a junior.

“Both of those guys had great years last year and show a lot of potential,” said Alexander. “Martin and J.C. are quality players. They’ve played really well in our system and we’re expecting both of them to have good years.

“I thought we had four guys that warranted attention and I wouldn’t have been surprised if any of the four had received conference recognition. “

FGCU’s Bernard Thompson was picked by the coaches as the preseason Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

The Bisons get the 2014-15 season underway on Nov. 14 hosting Berry at 8 p.m. at Allen Arena. Season tickets are on sale now by calling 615-966-HERD (4373) or by visiting http://www.LipscombTickets.com

Coaches Poll

FGCU
North Florida
Lipscomb
USC Upstate
Northern Kentucky
Kennesaw State
Jacksonville
Stetson

Media Poll

FGCU
Lipscomb
North Florida
USC Upstate
Northern Kentucky
Stetson
Jacksonville
Kennesaw State

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Lipscomb tops Jacksonville 1-0

Lipscomb tops Jacksonville 1-0

Posted on 06 October 2014 by Allen

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team enjoyed a 1-0 victory over the reigning Atlantic Sun champions Jacksonville Sunday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“It was a great game today,” said Lipscomb head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “I thought for the Lipscomb Bisons, we played arguably our best half of the season in the first half.
“We moved the ball well and created some great scoring chances. I’m just really proud of the style we played.”
The Lady Bisons delved into several shot opportunities in the first half attempting 13 shots to Jacksonville’s four. The score remained 0-0 throughout much of the period.
With the minutes winding down in the first half and no goals scored, Emily Shuler launched a chance shot from midfield in the 40th minute putting the ball in the top of the net to give the Purple and Gold the 1-0 advantage.
“Emily’s goal, for me, was one of the best goals I’ve seen since I’ve been here the last three seasons,” O’Brien said. “Everything about it was just really incredible.
“You don’t score those often and when you do you celebrate them and we did. It was just an incredible goal.”
The second half was a game of strong defensive tactics. Jacksonville held Lipscomb to only three second-half shots while taking four of its own.
“The second half was a bit tight,” O’Brien. “Jacksonville pressed us, put us under more pressure, and was a little bit more direct. That’s obviously a little bit more difficult to deal with.
“Overall it was a great game. Getting a result over the conference champions is wonderful and I’m just really proud.”
Lipscomb improves to 8-4-2, 1-1-1 in the conference while Jacksonville falls to 8-5-1, 2-1 in the conference.

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Lipscomb beats Kennesaw State 3-0

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Lipscomb beats Kennesaw State 3-0

Posted on 28 September 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team continues to revise the record book after securing a 3-0 win over Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun opener.

The Lady Bisons improve to 7-4-1 and 1-0 in conference play breaking the school record for most wins in a season. The Owls fall to 3-7-1 and are 0-1 in conference play.

“It was a great conference game,” said Lipscomb head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “They are always difficult when you start out. Every game is a dog fight and we knew coming in Kennesaw had a great team.
“We scouted them and knew it was going to an extremely tough game.”

Both teams fought defensively during the first half going into halftime 0-0.

“We came out in one system in the first half,” O’Brien. “I thought our first possession was good for the first 15 to 20 minutes then Kennesaw became the aggressor and leveled things out.

“It was end-to-end, we created a couple chances and they created a couple chances ultimately going into halftime knotted up in zeroes.”

Going into the second half, the Lady Bisons picked up steam allowing freshman Jade Abarca to give Lipscomb the 1-0 advantage. Abarca opened up an opportunity in the 51st minute after advancing in front of the goal from the left corner.

“In the second half we made some tactical adjustments, which I thought helped our team out,” O’Brien said. “We came out and put them under more pressure than we did in the first half.”

Senior Baylee Linnell chipped in her third goal of the season in the 69th minute while sophomore Carolyn Springsteen knocked in her second goal of the season coming off a corner kick assisted by Caroline Chadwell.
Lipscomb secured 13 shots and Kennesaw attempted 11. The Lady Bisons placed six shots on goal while the Owls put two on goal.

“It was a real team effort from top to bottom,” O’Brien said. “We probably played more players in this match than any other match in the season.

“I’m just really excited and really optimistic about our future.”

Lipscomb kicks off a full weekend of home games as they host North Florida Friday Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. followed by Jacksonville Sunday Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.

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Lipscomb tops Grand Canyon 1-0

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Lipscomb tops Grand Canyon 1-0

Posted on 22 September 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team wrapped up preconference competition Sunday afternoon securing a 1-0 victory over Grand Canyon University.
“It was a great result today in some tough conditions,” said Lipscomb head women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien. “I thought our teams conditioning was superior and it enabled us to be the stronger side from start to finish.”
Both teams fought vigorously through difficult weather conditions ultimately entering halftime with a 0-0 score.
“We created some fantastic chances today, but unfortunately we lacked that final bit of quality to take the score line higher,” O’Brien said.
Senior Baylee Linnell brought the long-standing tie to an end in the 78th minute. She found the net after a cross from Natalie DuBoise allowing for a clear shot over GCU’s goalie who dove for the save.
“Our goal was extra special because we talked to our forwards about being more combative as our first line of defense,” O’Brien said. “Natalie Duboise did exactly what we were asking and created the goal from her pressure.
“Furthermore, her decision to square the ball to Baylee was spot on. Many forwards would have been selfish and taken the shot themselves, but not Natalie. She’s a great team player.”
The Purple and Gold outshot GCU with 16 shots and eight landing on goal. GCU attempted 15 shots seeing six on goal.
Sophomore goalie Anna Buhigas added another win to her record. Now 6-4-1, she played all 90 minutes and collected six saves.
With the win over GCU, the team has claimed seven shutouts breaking the school record for most shutouts in a season.
“I’m so thrilled for the team,” O’Brien said. “The players have really bought in to the concept of being hard to break down, and I’m glad it’s paying dividends.”
The Lady Bisons improve to 6-4-1 on the season while the Lopes fall to 1-6-1.

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Lipscomb falls to Arizona 3-1

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Lipscomb falls to Arizona 3-1

Posted on 20 September 2014 by Allen

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The Lipscomb women’s soccer team closed out the first half of weekend competition with a tough loss to Arizona 3-1 Friday night.

“A slow start hurt us against a very athletic Arizona team,” said Lipscomb head coach Kevin O’Brien. “Their pressure was excellent and we couldn’t establish any kind of rhythm. Subsequently the high pressing approach enabled them to win the ball in our half and they scored a nice goal.”

Arizona’s Gabi Stoian scored the early goal in the seventh minute putting the Wildcats up 1-0. Assisted by Kaitlyn Lopez, Stoian’s shot at the top of the box was deflected off a defender and rolled into the goal.

“After about 20 minutes, I thought that we settled in and had some decent possession,” O’Brien said. “But, unfortunately we did not deal with one of their long throws and they scored again.

“That’s frustrating because we scouted it and talked to our team about it, yet we still could not deal with it (the long throw).”

In the 32nd minute, Arizona increased its lead to 2-0 after Paige Crouch landed a header shot in the net with an assist by Jaden Degracie.

Emily Rogers secured Lipscomb’s only goal of the night after an Arizona foul awarded the Lady Bisons a free kick. Rogers was credited with the goal after Arizona goalie Gabby Kaufman came out of the box to clear the kick but deflected the ball into the goal.

“Emily scored a long set piece right before halftime and with that the team gained some confidence and momentum,” O’Brien said. “The second half was better in my opinion and we limited Arizona’s potent offense to shots from distance.”

Lipscomb goalie Anna Buhigas faced her first penalty kick of the year. Arizona’s Sheaffer Skidsen nailed the kick into the right corner to give the Wildcats the 3-1 advantage in the 82nd minute.
“Ultimately the penalty kick was our undoing,” O’Brien said. “It was tough to swallow because we were hanging in there and competing well. I thought we might just sneak an equalizer, but it was not meant to be.

“In the end it was a great learning experience for our coaches and players.”

The Purple and Gold had four shots placing two on goal. Buhigas faced 20 shots making six saves against the Wildcats.
Lipscomb drops to 5-4-1 on the season while Arizona improves to 5-1-1.

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