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Lipscomb (1-8-2, 0-1-0 A-Sun)
USC Upstate (4-4-0, 1-0-0 A-Sun)
9/30/2011 | Spartanburg, S.C. | Attendance: 225
Lipscomb (2-8-2 (1-1-0 A-Sun))
#22 ETSU (6-3-1 (0-2-0 A-Sun))
10/2/2011 | Johnson City, Tenn. | Attendance: 293
Thursday, September 29, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Bisons men’s soccer team will end their four-match road trip, this weekend, when they travel to USC Upstate (Sept. 30, 6 p.m.) and ETSU (Oct. 2, 12 noon) to open the Atlantic Sun season.
The Bisons enter conference play with a 1-7-2 record. Lipscomb’s lone victory came against VMI on Sept. 9. Upstate defeated that same VMI squad 1-0 last weekend.
Lipscomb will be out for revenge against ETSU, which ended the Bisons 2010 season with seven seconds left in double overtime of last season’s A-Sun semifinals with a Theo Yang one-timer goal.
Senior Garret Pettis leads the Bisons with three goals this season; he scored twice as a freshman against Upstate in 2008.
Keeper Brent McGee posted a 0.90 GAA average and made 19 saves in three matches against these two squads last season. McGee enters this season’s matches second in the conference, and 21st in the country in saves.
Lipscomb will host Belmont in the annual “Battle of the Boulevard”, Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The match will be the first the Bisons will play at the LU Soccer Complex in 2011. The Lipscomb soccer field has undergone a lighting renovation that caused home matches to be moved prior to this game.
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Opponent’s Last Outings
Upstate had only one opponent last week, defeating VMI 1-0. T uesday, the Spartans lost to Furman 2-1 in their final non-conference test of 2011. As for ETSU, they tied Furman on Sunday evening in a scoreless draw for the Bucs lone match. A road test with Winthrop was canceled last Friday.
Last Time Against This Weekend’s Opponents
Lipscomb got three saves from Brent McGee and an 86th-minute goal from Miguel DaSilva to knock off Upstate on Oct. 22, 2010; it was the final victory in the midst of the Bisons season-best four-match winning streak.
Two days later, the Bisons dropped a 2-1 overtime match to the Bucs. Kevin Barbar scored his season’s second goal and McGee made eight saves during the match. In the A-Sun semifinals, top-seeded ETSU defeated Lipscomb 1-0 in double-overtime. McGee again made eight saves, but Yang’s one-timer with seven seconds left in the second overtime ended the Bisons 2010 campaign.
McGee Among the Elite
Senior Brent McGee has been stellar in his final season at Lipscomb. In addition to being second in the conference in saves (40), the Parkersburg, W. Va. native is 21st nationally in the category, and ranks 76th in saves per game at 4.0.
Bibb’s Two Goals Not Enough for Lipscomb at SIU-Edwardsville
In just 31 minutes, Nick Bibb was able to muster the entire Lipscomb offensive output at SIU-Edwardsville, scoring his season’s first two goals in a 3-2 loss. It was lucky Bibb got in; only three of Lipscomb’s 11 starters didn’t play the full 90 minutes.
Off Night Offensively Dooms Bisons At EIU
Lipscomb was nearly doubled up on shots by the Panthers (17-9), losing to EIU 2-1 on the road. Splitting time in net, freshman AJ Schlitt and Brent McGee each allowed a goal and made two saves. Lipscomb’s lone goal came on own-goal off of EIU’s Mike Picinich, the second own goal Lipscomb has gotten this year.