|August 29, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|LIP||44:28||Cedano, Anthony (Djabi, Omar )|
|LIP||47:24||Kerridge, Matt (Holcombe, Reece )|
|LIP||80:44||Holcombe, Reece (Alvarado, Ivan )|
|XU||86:15||BROWN, Jalen (STEINWALL, Owen )|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||XU|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (5)||13 (7)|
CINCINNATI, Ohio –The wait is almost over for the Lipscomb men’s soccer team as it will open the 2014 campaign with a road matchup at Xavier Friday at 6 p.m. at the Xavier Soccer Complex.
It has been 287 days since the final horn sounded on Lipscomb’s 2013 season, a season that showed promise for the future of the program.
Preseason play has had its up's and down's for the Bisons as they claimed a 3-2 victory over Belmont before dropping a 5-3 decision at UAB last weekend. The preseason was all about getting experience for this team in preparation regular season play.
The Bisons will look to kick-start their season with a first-ever win over a Big East Conference opponent.
All 11 starters return from a 2013 squad that finished 9-9-2, third-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
This season, the Herd returns 100 percent of its goals, 97 percent of its points and 87 percent of assists from the 2013 team.
Highlighting the returning corps is Omar Djabi, the reigning A-Sun Player of the Year, who led the league in shots (55), goals (9), game-winning goals (4) and points (21).
Alongside Djabi is the 2014 A-Sun Preseason Defender of the Year, Luke Gearin. The senior from Australia finished second on the team and third in the league with five goals last season to earn a second team all-conference selection. He was a key ingredient to a back line that allowed just 20 goals, the fewest in the A-Sun, last season, including seven shutouts.
Redshirt junior Matt Kerridge returns as the leading assist-maker, notching five a year ago, including four in conference play.
Morrow, 2013 A-Sun Coach of the Year, brought in eight new faces for the 2014 season, including three players who were rated 4-star prospects by Top Drawer Soccer.
Scouting the Musketeers
Xavier finished its preseason 2-0 with a pair of 1-0 shutouts over national power Indiana and IPFW.
The Musketeers return seven starters from a team that finished 10-7-2 last season for its fourth consecutive season of 10-plus wins, just one of 12 teams nationally to complete that feat. XU also adds the 26th-rated recruiting class in the nation according to College Soccer News.
“Xavier is a team that has made the NCAA Tournament the last couple of years,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “We feel as though our team is just as capable and it will be a good early test for us to gauge where we are at.”
Over the past four seasons, Xavier’s combined record of 46-22-15 (.643) ranks in the top 15 nationally
Xavier finished tied for third with a 6-3 record in its first season competing in the Big East.
Senior Will Walker was named a preseason all-conference member after recording five goals and two assists last year.
- Xavier leads the all-time series 2-0 with a pair of 1-0 decisions in 2010 and 2011.
- With 43 votes (three first place), Lipscomb was picked the A-Sun Preseason favorites.
- Djabi was named Preseason A-Sun Co-Player of the Year alongside Rodrigo Saravia (FGCU).
- Djabi, Gearin and Reece Holcombe were selected to the Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Team.
- Josue Chavez returns after suffering a season-ending injury against Jacksonville last season.
- Chavez led the team with two goals during the preseason.