The Lipscomb men’s soccer team was defeated in overtime by No. 6 Kentucky by a score of 3-2. The team is now on a five-game losing streak before heading into conference play.
“Another tough loss; this one is especially tough,” head coach Charles Morrow said. “Disappointed in the results certainly, but really proud of the guys and the way we played.
“I think today was a step forward in the season, even though it was a loss. Sometimes it’s hard to see the positives with losses mounting up.”
Kentucky came into the game strong when midfielder, Kalil Elmedkhar, scored the first goal just over the minute mark. This was Elmedkhar’s second goal of the season.
The score remained 1-0 at halftime.
Kentucky scored again in the fifty-second minute. Aime Mabika secured the goal by a penalty kick, to put the Wildcats up 2-0.
One minute later, the Bisons started to find their momentum when Ryan Birchfield scored a minute later, in the fifty-third minute, on a penalty kick. This is the first goal Kentucky has let up all season.
Birchfield helped the Bisons again to tie the game by assisting a goal in the seventy-fourth minute, made by Logan Paynter.
Regulation ended with the score 2-2, sending the game into overtime.
Kentucky’s Jj Williams scored in the ninety-fifth minute. Bison goalkeeper, Luke Wilson came out, and the ball found an empty net.
Morrow said he was disappointed about the game tonight, but he is optimistic for what lies ahead.
“I really feel like this team is really close to being a really, really good team. If guys can stay positive and stay together and keep working and really view the season as a process I think we will get there. Tonight is tough. A tough one for sure.”
The Bison’s will look to end their losing streak heading into conference play at Jacksonville.
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