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Jacksonville (2-6-1, 0-1-0)
Lipscomb (6-5-1, 2-1-0)
10/11/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 267
Friday, October 11, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s soccer team was glad to be back at home after playing only three of its first 11 games at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. On Friday night, the joy showed through in a big way as the Bisons exploded for a 4-1 victory over Atlantic Sun foe Jacksonville.
The four goals scored by the Bisons were the most since a 5-0 victory over North Florida on Oct. 16, 2011.
Luke Gearin got the Bisons started in the sixth minute when Matt Kerridge found him in the box on a corner kick and put a header in the net for a 1-0 lead. It was his third goal of the season.
Lipscomb is 6-0 when scoring first this season.
“Anytime you can win in conference it is huge,” coach Charles Morrow said. “The way we came out and started was tremendous.
“Getting out to a quick start with an early goal definitely set the tone for the game as it really opened up for us after that.”
Last weekend, Lipscomb found numerous opportunities to score but only managed one goal in two games.
The theme was much the same on Friday as the Bisons continued to create chances all night. Only this time, the goals started falling.
Coming into the JU game, Omar Djabi was tied for the A-Sun goals lead with five. However, once the game was finished, he pushed his total to seven and created a two-goal lead.
“Omar is very opportunistic,” said Morrow. “He strikes a very good ball.
“He is good on set pieces, not only when he is taking them, but also when he is in the box. We are looking forward to him continuing the trend. He has put in hard work this year and all three years he has been at Lipscomb.”
Djabi scored goal No. 1 in the first half. At 30:25 he took a 25-yard shot from the right corner of the box and found the back of the net for his sixth of the year.
Lipscomb took a 2-0 lead into the half after outshooting the Dolphins 10-4.
The second half was much of the same as the first.
Reece Holcombe pushed the Bisons lead to 3-0 in the 66th minute when Kerridge found him in the box on another corner kick. It was the second goal scored on a set piece for Lipscomb. The goal was Holcombe’s second of the season. The two assists by Kerridge give him the team lead with three.
One misleading factor in the game was the constant defensive pressure the Bisons placed on the Dolphins to help give them the chances to score.
“What you are missing in the stats is defensively how we are creating all of the opportunities,” Morrow said. “It starts with our pressure.
“You have to credit the guys for buying in and playing sound defensively. To make sure we continue to get the chances we are getting, the guys have to stay committed to the work they are doing defensively.”
After not having much room to operate in the first half, Jacksonville had a few chances to score in the second and converted on one in the 75th minute when Matheus Saroli scored from the six-yard box. It was his second goal of the year.
Just when the Dolphins began to get rejuvenated, Djabi scored his seventh goal of the season and second of the night in the 85th minute. The goal came on a double assist when Nick Rainieri pushed a corner kick to Josh Kolbo outside the right edge of the box who then found Djabi for the score.
It was the first assist of the season for both players.
“I was really pleased with the guy’s preparation leading up to this game,” Morrow said. “To take something you have been working on in practice all week and to see the results of that in the game, it is really satisfying.”
With the win Lipscomb improves to 6-5-1, 2-1-0 while Jacksonville dips to 2-6-1, 0-1-0.
Freshman goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe had six saves for the Bisons and increased his season total to 42. He had a couple of clutch diving stops to help his team preserve their lead in the second half. Bledsoe has recorded all decisions on the season.
Dolphins’ goalie Marc Meny also had six saves, but allowed four goals. His record on the year falls to 2-4-1.
The Bisons get back to action on Sunday when they welcome North Florida to the Lipscomb Soccer Complex for a 2 p.m. matchup.
“It’s a big weekend for us with two home conference games back to back,” Morrow said. “North Florida is much improved and this may be one of the better teams they have ever had there.
“They play a style that is complimentary to us and I think it will be a good game. We are looking forward to playing them.”