Men’s soccer falls short to Lipscomb, 4-2
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A furious second-half comeback fell short for the JU men’s soccer team as they dropped a 4-2 decision to Lipscomb on Friday night in A-Sun action at the Ashley Sports Complex.

After falling behind 3-0 in the second period, the Dolphins (6-4-1, 1-1 A-Sun) cut the deficit to a goal with scores from freshman Keegan Olsen and junior Tyler Williams in the final 10 minutes. The Bisons (5-6-0, 1-2) got a late goal from Andrew Chamberlain in the 84th minute to hold off the surge.

Missed chances were the key for JU in the loss after finishing with a 21-14 shot advantage and recording 10 more corner kicks than the Bisons (13-3).

“We didn’t take advantage of our opportunities,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We outshot them all night, but didn’t have the win to show for it. On the other side, Lipscomb just couldn’t miss. We need to defend better if we want to succeed in the rest of A-Sun play.”

Leading 1-0 in the second half, Garret Pettis extended the Bisons’ advantage by scoring in the left corner of the net from a cross by Nick Bibb in the 58th minute. Lipscomb made it 3-0 in the 71st minute after Miguel DaSilva scored on a deflected shot by Jeremy Lind.

The Dolphins caught a break in the 80th minute as Zack Langen was red carded after violently knocking down junior Predrag Ivanovic near the goal.

Ivanovic was awarded a penalty kick that he connected on past McGee, but was disallowed and made to start over by the referee. In the second attempt, Ivanovic’s attempt was deflected to side and Olsen knocked the ball to get the Dolphins on the board.

Two minutes later, Williams scored on a corner kick with his back turned away net to cut the JU deficit to a goal.

The Bisons slammed the down shut in the 84th minute after Chamberlain scored on a rocket from 20 yards out on a pass by DaSilva.

McGee (5-4) finished the contest with seven saves, while Foley (5-4-1) had four saves in goal for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins will look to bounce back on Sunday as they host Belmont in an A-Sun match at the Ashley Sports Complex. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.