Lipscomb Locks Up @ASUNSoccer Championship Spot with 4-0 Win vs. NJIT

Lipscomb Locks Up @ASUNSoccer Championship Spot with 4-0 Win vs. NJIT

NASHVILLE (LipscombSports.com) - The Lipscomb women's soccer team was victorious by a 4-0 scoreline in its home battle with the NJIT Highlanders on Friday night. 

The match featured offensive play from the onset, and the Bisons showed their scoring ability at will all night long.

In the 9th minute, Olivia Doak assisted an incredible goal from outside the box by Cami Rogers. The redshirt sophomore struck her shot sweetly and it kissed the post on its way into the back of the net.

NJIT nearly returned the favor with a curling effort from long distance not long after the restart, but Lipscomb goalkeeper Melissa Gray was up to the task and kept her team ahead 1-0.

The attacking flurry calmed down for a while, but in the 40th minute Leah Cernicky pounced on an opportunity inside the 6-yard box to get the Bisons their second goal on the night just before the halftime break. Cernicky's goal was assisted by Grace Oliver.

Lipscomb would use the momentum from the first half to continue its attack, as the Bisons found a third goal early in the second half through Maycie McKay's effort. Her 50th-minute header was assisted by Cernicky on an excellent service from the left wing. 

Cernicky wasn't done showcasing her ability to distribute, though. She provided another assist in the 54th minute when her pass led to a second goal on the night for Cami Rogers. After that show of offensive excellence, the Bisons found themselves up by a score of 4-0.

Lipscomb would hold onto that lead with some stingy defensive play and claim it's fourth conference victory of the season.

"We were able to capitalize on our chances this game and in other games we've had our opportunities that we just, for one reason or another whether it was great defending or taking the shot a little off balance haven't converted as many chances," head coach Kevin O'Brien said. "As a coaching staff we've been happy with how we've been playing. We certainly don't love leaving games until late to get a goal, but tonight it fell for us.

"The players have had the same attitude, togetherness, work ethic and the same kind of what we've been preaching from day one and some games it just comes together and you capitalize on your chances and that's what happened tonight against a really good NJIT team."

QUICK HITS:

  • Rogers' two goals on the night were her first two of the season
  • Cernicky's goal was her first of the season
  • McKay now has four goals on the year
  • Oliver registered her first point of the year with her assist
  • Doak now has five assists this season, which is tied for the team lead
  • Gray compiled four saves in the match
  • Lipscomb outshot NJIT 21-9 with a 13-4 shots-on-goal advantage
  • The Bisons earned seven corner kicks to the Highlanders one

UP NEXT: The Purple and Gold will host their final regular season home game on Sunday versus Stetson. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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