NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Evansville entered the Lipscomb Soccer Complex on Tuesday night and narrowly escaped with a 1-0 victory over the Lipscomb men’s soccer team in its final nonconference matchup.
The loss dropped Lipscomb to 8-7-1 overall. Evansville improved to 10-5-1.
Evansville controlled the ball for most of the first period before junior forward Nick Schroeder put the Purple Aces on top with a header in the 32nd minute. Schroeder scored on a corner kick from Felipe Cortez. The goal was Schroeder’s second of the year.
Omar Djabi got off the final shot of the half in the 36th minute, when Eric Teppen made one of his four first-half saves to keep the Aces' lead at 1-0 heading into halftime
“I did not think we executed very well in the first half,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said.
The Bisons put four of their five shots on frame in the first period but failed to sneak one past the goalie to tie it up.
Evansville also put four shots on frame in nine attempts.
“Evansville is a really good team, “Morrow said. “They are really strong attacking in the midfield.”
The second half was a completely different story. The Bisons changed the lineup and pressured the Purple Aces defense for 45 minutes. The Purple and Gold attempted the first six shots of the period but the Evansville back line stood firm.
Time after time the Bisons got to the box and sent a shot just wide.
In the second frame, Lipscomb attempted seven corner kicks and 11 shots.
“In the second period, we didn’t really do anything different than we did in the first other than reinforce things we had talked about prior to the game,” Morrow said. “We just had better buy-in.
“I thought we had a good plan coming in to deal and negate a very good Evansville game. Sometimes that doesn’t mean playing very pretty soccer.”
Lipscomb got great looks from Robbie Johnson and Reece Holcombe just seconds apart, but both attempts came up empty.
“It is certainly disappointing,” Morrow said. “It is not the game you want to finish on before going into the last two conference games. I think it is a learning opportunity for the guys and unfortunately games like this is are part of the process.
“For the guys moving forward, I think a game like tonight can harden resolve in the future.”
Micah Bledsoe collected four saves in 90 minutes of play to increase his season total to 58. Teppen grabbed five saves to push his total to 76.
The Bisons return to action Saturday Nov. 2 when they travel to ETSU for a deciding matchup at 6 p.m. Both teams are tied with 12 points, one behind A-Sun leader FGCU, with two games to play. A Lipscomb win will secure a first round bye in the conference tournament next month.