From Lipscomb Athletics – Photos by Mike Strasinger
NASHVILLE – Ellen Lundy added to her list of clutch moments in a Bison uniform on Thursday night as she headed in the game-winner in extra time to give Lipscomb a 1-0 win over Arkansas State at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
After nearly 100 minutes of scoreless action, senior midfielder Jade Abarca sent in a set piece from just outside the left side of the box that found fellow senior Lundy’s head for the game-winning score.
“Abarca to Lundy is just a great combination,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “They’ve been doing it for several years now. It was a very well taken set piece, right on the money, and Ellen’s just one of these kids that knows how to attack a dead ball. She rose over the rest and banged home a header.”
Lipscomb goalkeeper Kate Mason earned the first shutout of her Bison career. The senior made a key save early in the first half off of a Red Wolves header. Sophomore midfielder Leah Cernicky helped preserve the shutout with a goal line clearance of her own late in the second half.
“Obviously, it’s so important for us to be able to keep teams off the board to give ourselves a chance to win the game,” O’Brien said. “I thought the defense did great.
“We’ve had some personnel groupings that have changed over the course of our preseason and now. We’re trying to figure out what that recipe will be moving forward. But, I thought tonight, even though we made a few changes in the back, that we looked really good. They covered each other well, cleared when they needed to, and did all the little things right.”
Both sides were short on attacking chances in the first half before upping the pace in the second period. Lipscomb took 12 of their 21 shots in the second half.
“I’m really proud of the whole team,” O’Brien said. “The second half was much, much better. The first half was lethargic. We weren’t sharp or connecting passes. Our movement wasn’t with full commitment. I thought they really responded in the second half and put in a great performance.
“I’m just grateful we got the result against a really tough team to play against. Arkansas State was organized. They were physical and blue collar. They made everything difficult for us.”
- The Bisons are now 1-1-1 in the series history versus Arkansas State.
- Lundy and junior Brooke Brenner tied for the team lead with four total shots.
- Lipscomb outshot Arkansas State 21 to 8, with a 4 to 2 shots-on-goal advantage.
- The Bisons earned eight corner kicks to ASU’s six.
- Lipscomb notched five fouls, while the Red Wolves were whistled for three.
- The Purple and Gold were called for three offside penalty.