NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hitting the road for the first time this season in Atlantic Sun Conference play, the Lipscomb women’s soccer team travels to Florida for a pair of A-Sun contests. The Lady Bisons face Florida Gulf Coast on Friday at 6 p.m. and Stetson University on Sunday at noon.
The Lady Bisons dropped a pair of games this past weekend, 3-2 against North Florida and 2-1 against Jacksonville. Baylee Linnell scored two goals and added an assist for LU while Caroline Chadwell scored her first career goal against North Florida.
Lipscomb held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 over North Florida but were shot down in the 84th minute with an 18-yard goal. Goalkeeper Erin Zerio stopped 10 shots that came her way, her second game of 10 saves or more in the Lady Bisons last four games. Chadwell and Linnell connected with each other for both goals as Chadwell assisted Linnell, then vice-versa, for the second goal.
LU fought back in the contest against Jacksonville despite being outshot 19 to 7. Linnell scored her second goal of the weekend just in the outset of the second half, which held to force overtime. In the second overtime, Jacksonville used a set-play off a corner kick to take the win.
Florida Gulf Coast enters 7-2-2 and 2-0-0 in conference play. The Eagles beat USC Upstate 2-0 and ETSU 2-1 this past weekend. FGCU boasts the preseason A-Sun Player of the Year in Ashley Ciesielczyk who has six assists. Shannen Wacker leads the Eagles with five goals and an assist while Shea Rhoney has four goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Brittany Brown has been stellar in the net, with just eight goals against and 45 saves, she has a 0.80 goals against average and an .849 save percentage.
Stetson enters 3-7-0 and 1-1-0 in A-Sun play coming off a 3-1 loss to ETSU and a 2-0 victory over USC Upstate to open conference play. Alyssa Welsh leads the Hatters with three goals while Mara Keomanivane has added two goals. Seven other SU players have tallied one goal apiece. Goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli earned her first career shutout over USC Upstate and has 44 saves on the season. Troccoli has a 2.22 goals against average and a .698 save percentage.