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8/30/2013 | Nashville, Tenn | Attendance: 1352
Friday, August 30, 2013
NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Lipscomb men’s soccer team looked sharp to open the 2013 slate with a 3-1 win over rival Belmont.
Coach Charles Morrow continued his dominance over the Bruins with his fifth straight win the series. He has not lost in the matchup since 2005.
Josue Chavez, sophomore midfielder, got things going for the Bisons when he found the back of the net in the 23rd minute. Matt Kerridge assisted on the play.
Morrow was impressed with how his team fought in the first match of the season.
“The guys did a great job coming out and executing the game plan,” Morrow said. “They had a lot of energy. I thought we possessed the ball well in that first half and did a great job creating the two goals that we did.”
Preseason Atlantic Sun first teamer Omar Djabi scored on a free kick from just outside the left corner of the box two-and-a-half minutes after the first goal.
“On the free kick, I was aiming right for Luke’s head and the ball just went in,” Djabi said.
The two scores did not claim all of the excitement in the first half. Six yellow cards and a red card ejection were handed out among the teams with seven minutes to play before halftime.
Alfred Edmonds and Sam Miller claimed yellow cards, while teammate Code Stratton was ejected with a red card at the 38-minute mark. Both teams were chippy from start to finish.
Lipscomb outshot Belmont 6-3 in the first period and 11-7 for the game.
The Bisons dominated on defense for most of the match, but allowed a late goal to freshman AJ Arnold with just over four minutes to play to pull the Bruins within one goal of equalizing the game.
“We did a great job of moving the ball and playing honest defense,” Morrow said. “Our midfielders, Scout Monteith and Djabi did a great job in holding down the center of the field for us.”
As Belmont had the home crowd standing with nervousness in the waning moments, freshman Kevin McMahon came up with a clutch steal. He found Zander El-Hindi streaking down the middle of the field, who then passed it to his right where he found Djabi once again for the goal.
“It was great effort on defense to clear the ball, “the M.V.P. Djabi said. “We just played the ball like we had to and I just put it in.”
Overall, it was a great way to begin the season. With the win, the Bisons won their first season opener since a 3-2 victory over Birmingham Southern in 2006.
Freshman Micah Bledsoe had one save in his debut in the net. Six true freshmen saw action. Three of them scratched their way into the starting lineup.
Bison players, coaches and fans can rest easy tonight as the Red Bull Trophy remains, once again, on the campus of Lipscomb University, the only home it has ever known.
The Bisons travel to Dayton, Ohio for a tournament next weekend. On Friday, the Purple and Gold face Eastern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. before facing the host Dayton on Sunday at 1 p.m. The next home match is Sept. 20.