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Lipscomb trounces KSU in repeat fixture of last year's final

calendario 01.03.2021
by: NonProSoccer
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Lipscomb trounces KSU in repeat fixture of last year's final

NASHVILLE - The Lipscomb women's soccer team won its conference opener against the Kennesaw State Owls on Sunday afternoon in dominant fashion, winning 4-0 at home.

The Bisons got their first win at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex this season in a repeat fixture of last year's ASUN Conference final.

Redshirt junior Kelli Beiler scored a hat-trick in the first half, scoring three goals within eight minutes to put the game out of reach early on for Lipscomb. Two of her goals came from penalty kicks in the 36th and 44th minute.

Kennesaw State conceded their first penalty of the day when a defender pushed over Collierville native Kammy McGee. The redshirt sophomore winger earned a spot kick that Beiler calmly placed in the bottom-left corner for her first-ever goal as a Bison after transferring from Penn State.

It took just over a minute for Beiler to add to her Lipscomb account, as she benefited again from McGee's efforts in the attack. This time, McGee forayed down the right side and sent in a low cross to the front post. Beiler was there to backheel the ball into the net with a glancing touch that left goalkeeper AJ Needham helpless.

The second penalty was given for a KSU handball in the box after a defender attempted to clear the ball away, but touched the ball with her hand in the process. Beiler stepped up and dispatched her penalty in the exact same spot as her first, completing her hat-trick after just 44 minutes of play.

Lipscomb took a 3-0 lead into the halftime break, and started the second half just as brightly as they ended the first.

Their reward came in the 55th minute, when sophomore left back Logan McFadden found sophomore striker Molly Grant on a quick counter-attack. The Birmingham, AL native's pass found Grant in stride, who ran through the Owls' center backs, dribbled around Needham, and slotted the goal home for Lipscomb's fourth on the afternoon.

Grant and Beiler both registered 4 shots, and the Bisons shot 13 times in total. Nine of those attempts were on target, five being stopped by Needham.

KSU shot the ball nine times, two each coming from Kathryn Schreck and Erin Harris. Harris, a senior, was signed to WPSL side SSA Kings in 2020 before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris was also issued a yellow card in the only disciplinary action of the match.

Kennesaw State drops to 1-4-0 after the loss, suffering a four-game losing streak. Lipscomb advances to 2-1-0 after their second straight win.

Lipscomb continues their conference slate when they travel to North Alabama on Thursday at 6 PM Central, while KSU returns home to Georgia to host Liberty on Thursday at 2 PM Eastern. Source: Lumination Network

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