Nashville SC stuns Toronto FC with 1-0 win in 1st round of MLS Playoffs

Nashville SC stuns Toronto FC with 1-0 win in 1st round of MLS Playoffs

Tuesday night Nashville SC beat Toronto FC 1-0 in extra time in the first round of the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Many did not expect Nashville SC to make it to the playoffs, but after beating Inter Miami 3-0 in the play-in game last week, the expansion franchise, playing in their first year in the MLS, proved they are legitimate contenders for the 2020 MLS Championship. Against Toronto, Nashville fell behind in the possession battle, controlling the ball only 38% of the time, but proved to be more efficient in their possessions, outshooting Toronto 21-12. Four of those shots reached the back of the net, but three were waved off due to offsides penalties, including two shots by Nashville SC forward Jhonder Cadiz in the 13th and 54th minutes.  After the full 90 minutes of regulation, the teams went into extra time. In the MLS playoff format, the two sides play two 15 minute halves of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. There is no golden goal in this format. Penalty kicks would end up being unnecessary as Nashville SC forward Daniel Rios scored in the 108th minute. This is the fourth goal of the season for Rios, but this goal proves to be the most important thus far. After Rios’s goal, Nashville held on for the remaining 12 minutes to clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Nashville SC will play Columbus Crew SC the third ranked team in the Eastern Conference on Sunday, November, 29th in the Cup quarterfinals. Nashville SC becomes only the second expansion team to advance this far in their...
Lipscomb Men’s basketball home-opener canceled.

Lipscomb Men’s basketball home-opener canceled.

Lipscomb University was set to plan their home opener game against Campbellsville Harrodsburg tonight at 7 pm. The university released information regarding capacity and new COVID-19 regulations at home games earlier this week, but the first game has since been canceled. Due to a COVID-19-related issue within the Campbellsville program, the game was canceled. The teams will not make up the game. The Bisons will now open their season on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Lamar in the Tulane Classic. They will then play Tulane at 1 p.m. on Sunday on ESPN+....
Lipscomb Athletics remains positive despite COVID changes this fall

Lipscomb Athletics remains positive despite COVID changes this fall

Even though positive COVID-19 numbers on Lipscomb’s campus have risen in recent weeks, Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson remains positive about how Lipscomb athletics has managed the pandemic this fall.  “I think the semester has gone really well considering where we are at,” said Hutcheson. “The NCAA made some decisions athletically in terms of how we were going to have to deal with this.” While much of Lipscomb athletics’ success with the COVID pandemic is due to the vigilance of the staff, coaches, and players, some pressing concerns were alleviated by some of the NCAA’s decisions. “We weren’t sure starting out if we were going to have fall sports or not, and then they [the NCAA] decided not to have fall sports,” said Hutcheson. “That took care of a lot of the questions we had about logistics and how to handle events and crowds and that sort of thing.” Fall sports may have been canceled, but practices and preparations for the spring continue, and so adjustments have had to be made to reduce the spread of the virus. “We’re still trying to deal with distancing, cleaning things a lot more often, or using different routing for how we come in and out of places,” said Hutcheson. “One of the things that’s different for athletes compared to the rest of the student body is we do a lot of testing of our athletes. Depending on the sport they play, they’re classified as either a high contact sport, medium contact, low contact. So basketball, for instance, is a high contact sport. They test more often. ” With these protocols, athletics has...
ASUN basketball will have conference games but with a twist

ASUN basketball will have conference games but with a twist

The Atlantic Sun Conference is doing its best to limit travel and COVID exposure with a new basketball schedule that will keep each school’s 16 conference games, but put weekend series between teams at only one school’s basketball arena. This means that two ASUN teams will play each other twice in the span of one weekend. The teams will also be given a day to rest up in between the games. In the past, each team would have played one of the games at home. One of the main goals of this setup is to reduce travel by the two teams. It’s another example of an effort to further keep teams from spreading COVID-19 by limiting the distance traveled. ASUN men’s basketball starts on New Year’s Eve and will end on Feb. 27. Women’s basketball will begin on New Year’s Day and will come to a close on Feb. 28. Lipscomb’s men’s team will have home series with Liberty (Dec. 31/Jan. 2), FGCU (Jan. 21/23), Kennesaw State (Feb. 4/6) and North Florida (Feb. 18/20). The away series for the men’s will be Bellarmine (Jan. 7/9), Stetson (Jan. 28/30), Jacksonville (Feb. 11/13) and North Alabama (Feb. 25/27). The Lady Bisons will play the same schools but on different dates and at different locations. The home games for the Lady Bison are Bellarmine (Jan. 8/10), Stetson (Jan. 29/31), Jacksonville (Feb. 12/14) and North Alabama (Feb. 26/28). The away series for the Lady Bison are Liberty (Jan. 1/3), FGCU (Jan. 22/24), Kennesaw State (Feb. 5/7) and North Florida (Feb. 19/21). The season will remain conference-only, which is how college football is typically...
Mustangs Edge Out Lions 20-14 after Rain Delays

Mustangs Edge Out Lions 20-14 after Rain Delays

After nearly a decade of defeat at the hands of the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lions, the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs edged out their rivals to take the regional championship. In response to the win, Mustang Head Coach Trent Dilfer spoke highly of his team following the game but emphasized that the season was far from over. “I’m proud of our guys tonight..it’s obviously a very big win for our school…but in that same breath, this is only 48 minutes of the 672 we want to play this year.” The low scoring affair began just before 9:00 PM due to the intense rain in the Nashville area this Friday. 14 of the Mustang’s 20 points came within the first quarter. Lipscomb Academy star Running Back, Alex Broome, returned the opening kickoff to give the Mustangs an early 7-0 lead. Lightning delays have begun at the LA v. CPA game. Follow along here for live updates on game play. pic.twitter.com/zcGgM8o21U — Lumination Network (@luminationnet) October 23, 2020 Broome would also finish the game with 99 yards on 22 carries. To cap off their strong start, Mustang Quarterback, Luther Richeson, connected with Daniel Green adding another touchdown with less than a minute left in the first quarter. The Lions came charging back in the second quarter with an 11 play drive that ended in a touchdown from Running Back Langston Patterson, creating a 14-7 score. Just before the half, one of the standout performers of the night, Lipscomb Academy Kicker, Ryan Young, hit his first of two field goals on the night. Young nailed the kick from 46 yards out, giving Lipscomb a strong...
Lipscomb Academy moves to 3-2  trampling Franklin Road Academy 61-0.

Lipscomb Academy moves to 3-2 trampling Franklin Road Academy 61-0.

The Lipscomb Academy Mustangs took the field Friday night against the Franklin Road Academy Panthers in what was only the third game of the year for the Panthers. Overall, the Mustangs defeated the Panthers in a 61-0 win.  Coach Dilfer was very proud of his team for the win and how they’ve dealt with this unusual season. “I’m proud of them, I’m proud of their week of preparation, I’m proud of how they are handling the chaos in the world around them, and I’m proud of them buying in, every single day, to getting better.” The Mustangs came charging out of the gate with an emphasis on the run game and a touchdown on the first drive from Quarterback Luther Richesson. A forced fumble from Senior Zach Larkin lead to great field position and allowed Lipscomb to run in their second touchdown of the night for the early 13-0 lead. The Panthers seemed rattled after the first two drives and running back Jeffery Vercher was forced to take some time off the field with what appeared to be a tweaked ankle. With Vercher off the field, FRA opened up the passing game which resulted in an interception return for a touchdown by Safety Jaden Lyles of Lipscomb Academy. Despite Vercher returning, Lipscomb Academy continued to find the end zone. The Mustang defense wreaked havoc and provided great field position throughout the first half. Linebackers Eli Miller and Braeden Ford each forced a fumble and Running Back Alex Broome ran the ball for 3 touchdowns by the end of the second quarter, resulting in a 54-0 half-time lead for Lipscomb...