Lipscomb’s women’s soccer ends regular season with a tie

Lipscomb’s women’s soccer ends regular season with a tie

The Lady Bisons closed out the regular season campaign with a 1-1 draw against ASUN newcomer, Bellarmine. The tie means that the team finishes the season with an undefeated conference record heading into postseason play.  The match was tightly contested early on with strong defensive play from both teams. The defense was so intense that at halftime both teams only had one attempt at goal. At the 13:50 mark, Bellarmine’s Zenia Nava attempted a shot and Lipscomb senior goalkeeper Melissa Gray had the save. At the 42:51 mark, Lipscomb midfielder freshman Evee Reeder attempted a shot and Bellarmine’s Elyssa Francis had the save. It was 0-0 going into the second half.  The offense started to pick up in the second period of play with Bellarmine scoring first. At the 50-minute mark, Isabella Zamborini scored a goal off the assist from Alex Harber. Less than ten minutes later Lipscomb responded with a goal from junior midfielder Kelli Beiler coming off junior midfielder Emanuela Schurch’s assist.  The Lady Bisons were more aggressive the rest of the way with four more shot attempts requiring a save from Bellarmine’s Francis. The action required two overtime periods. The Bisons applied pressure the rest of the way, attempting six shots over the 20 minutes. A game-winner was almost scored by senior midfielder Kaitlin Echols near the 104-minute mark. Bellarmine goalkeeper Francis continued her strong performance with a clutch save. After 110 minutes of defensive soccer, both teams would have to leave with a draw added to their records.  The ASUN tournament commences on April 10th as the Lady Bisons will be battling to three-peat as conference...
Nashville’s newest museum pays tribute to African American contributions in music

Nashville’s newest museum pays tribute to African American contributions in music

The National Museum of African American Music is one of the latest additions to the growing downtown Nashville experience. Located on Broadway, the museum is in the heart of Music City right across from the Bridgestone Arena. The museum is part of the “Fifth + Broadway” development, a business park that features a 31-story luxury high rise, restaurant options, clothing stores, and event space.  When visitors enter the museum to begin their tour, they will first be guided into the Roots Theater. In the theater, an introductory film is shown guiding the visitors through the story of African American history and the musical traditions that were developed over time. Genres such as spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop are included. The film also emphasizes the different historical periods in America and how they shaped the music made by African Americans.  After the presentation in the Roots Theater, visitors can enter into the Rivers of Rhythm Pathways. This central corridor features touch panel interactives with headphones to listen to music through African American history. Along the walls, there are animated timelines projected and historic moments in African American music displayed as well. From the Rivers of Rhythm pathways, visitors can access any one of the five major genre galleries. Workers suggest visitors start with the “Wade in The Water” gospel gallery and end with “The Message” hip hop gallery.  The five genre galleries include:  Wade in The Water — An experience that portrays gospel music as a spiritual medium for black expression in spite of the adversity of slavery and post-civil war hardships. Wade in The Water takes visitors...
Lipscomb Softball takes series finale versus North Alabama 

Lipscomb Softball takes series finale versus North Alabama 

They say it’s not how you start but how you finish. This was the case for the Lady Bisons softball team after following up an 0-2 doubleheader day against North Alabama with a 5-2 victory on Sunday to close out the series.  The ASUN doubleheader day actually ended with Lipscomb out-hitting the Lions, but they just were not able to manufacture sustained rallies to win either game leaving more runners stranded than North Alabama. In the first game, the Lions bats were working early scoring two runs from freshman Sidney Bevis’s RBI single and senior Harley Stokes’s RBI single in the first inning. Lipscomb answered in the fourth by loading the bases and benefitting from freshman infielder Katelyn Belding’s sac fly to bring in junior outfielder Jessie Brown from third. In the fifth, it was more offense for the Lions with an RBI single from freshman Emma Broadfoot and a sac fly by junior Georgia Land. The Lady Bisons did rally in the seventh scoring two runs thanks to a sophomore Kamrie Rich RBI single, but the team couldn’t follow up with any more offense and lost the first matchup 4-3. Senior Megan Garst picked up the win and senior Breana Burke took the loss.  The second game seemed more promising in the early goings with pitching reigning supreme early on. Going into the top of the fifth the score was 1-0 Lady Bisons, with the only run being scored on a groundout RBI from sophomore outfielder Presley Leebrick that brought freshman infielder Makayla Alvey across home plate in the third. The complexion of the game changed in the...
Lady Bisons hand the Kennesaw State Owls their first loss

Lady Bisons hand the Kennesaw State Owls their first loss

  The Lady Bisons took the first of back-to-back games against Kennesaw State in a dominating 3-0 sweep.   Coming into the game, the Owls were undefeated with 10 wins, all in the ASUN. The Lady Bisons went into the game with 10-2 record, 7-1 record in the conference. The top two teams in the conference came out with speed and aggressiveness. They traded blows, but Lipscomb took an early lead 9-4 benefitting from two Samantha Rubal kills.  The Owls upped the defensive intensity with a few consecutive blocks to cut it to 9-7. Lipscomb held the lead till the late part of the set until the teams found themselves tied at 23. Kennesaw State players Claire Parsons and Dani Ballou both scored two kills leading to the tie game. The set ended with a 25-23 score in the Lady Bisons favor after a Kamryn Bacus kill and a double touch on the Owls.   In contrast, the second set was all Lipscomb from the first serve. The Lady Bisons started with a 4-0 burst including a Garrett Joiner kill and Megan Kuper ace. Throughout the set, the Lady Bisons’ offense was very effective, and the Owls struggled with errors. The Lady Bisons led by as many as 11 in this set and led by a score of 21-10 at one point, finishing the set in a dominant fashion by a score of 25-13. The biggest separating factor after two sets was hitting percentage, with the Lady Bisons at .273 and the Owls only at a .074 clip.   After losing two sets for just the second time this...
Women’s soccer falls to Lee in season-opener at home

Women’s soccer falls to Lee in season-opener at home

The end of a COVID-induced 441-day offseason began with disappointment for Lipscomb’s women’s soccer team. The Bisons fell to the Lee University Lady Flames 2-1 in a game that served as a  huge boost to the D-II team in its eight-game virus-abbreviated season. In the early going of the first half, the Lady Bisons came out aggressive and on the attack. They applied pressure to the Lee defense and goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns rose to the occasion with five saves in the first six minutes of the half.  The Lady Bisons defense was solid early as well, keeping Lee from attacking the final third of the field with only two shot attempts approaching the 40-minute mark.  The complexion of the first half changed as Lee’s resilient bunch adjusted to Lipscomb’s high press and pieced enough productive touches to set up a Kelsey Yoder goal assisted by Mallory Hayden [40:57]. That 1-0 score would hold going into halftime with the Lady Bisons entering the half as the more aggressive team with very realistic hopes that later shot opportunities would score.  As the second half progressed, Lee looked more poised and confident with the ball and the backline of their defense was stout as well. Lipscomb remained aggressive offensively with six more shot attempts by the 74-minute mark. However, many of those attempts were not challenging shots that led to a few flat-footed saves by Burns.  The aggressive Lady Bison offense was able to capitalize off a corner kick [73:52] and kept the ball in striking distance until Evee Reeder was able to convert a goal for Lipscomb off the assist from Emily...