LakePoint, Ga. – The 2016 ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Championship kicks off with two quarterfinal matchups on Thursday, Nov. 3rd and Friday Nov. 4th. Thursday's match featuring No. 3 Lipscomb and No. 6 Stetson begins at 7 p.m. ET from the FGCU Soccer Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
Hodges Stadium will host the other quarterfinal match, as No. 4 NJIT takes on No. 5 Jacksonville. Kickoff for this contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. Thursday's quarterfinal will be live on ESPN3, while Friday's contest can be seen on ASUN.TV.
#3 Lipscomb vs. #6 Stetson | Thursday, Nov. 3rd 7 p.m. ET | ESPN3
#3 vs. #6 Seed All-Time: 11-3-1
Last Match: Lipscomb 2, Stetson 0 (Sept. 21st, 2016; Nashville, Tenn.)
#3 Lipscomb (9-5-2; 3-2-1)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 5-8-1
No. 3 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 15-13-5
Last Time in ASUN Championship: 2015; Semifinals
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Semifinals (2007-08, 2010, 2012-15)
- Lipscomb enters the 2016 ASUN Men's Soccer Championship undefeated in its last five matches. The Bisons have won four matches and tied FGCU in the final regular season match to earn the No. 3 seed in this year's Championship.
- Logan Paynter, a ASUN First Team All-Conference selection, has not experienced any kind of sophomore slump, instead he has increased his goals and points total from his freshman campaign. The sophomore has scored nine goals on the year, four of them coming in the last five matches. His 15 career goals are second most among active ASUN players.
- Defensively, the Bisons rank second in the league with five shutouts on the year. Micah Bledsoe and Christopher Zappia have combined for a 1.13 GAA, the lowest by Bisons keepers since the 2013 season. Bledsoe has recorded all five shutouts this year, and is tied for eighth in ASUN history with 15 career clean sheets.
- Lipscomb's offense has fired off double-digit shots in every conference match this year and leads the league with 46 shots on goal in conference play. The team's 102 corner kicks are also a league-high entering the postseason.
- The Bisons look to advance to their fifth-straight ASUN Men's Soccer semifinal with a victory on Thursday night. Making their 10th appearance in the ASUN Championship this year, Lipscomb is searching for its first Championship Final appearance. The Bisons are 4-1 in their last five quarterfinal matches.
#6 Stetson (4-9-2; 1-5-0)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 10-15-3
No. 6 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 3-15-2
Last Time in ASUN Championship: 2014; First Round
ASUN Championship Titles: 2009, 2005
- After missing out on the 2015 ASUN Men's Soccer Championship, Stetson is back in the postseason this year. The last time the Hatters won a match in the ASUN Championship was 2010 when they advanced to the final.
- A couple of newcomers this year have been the main attacking threats for the Hatters all season long. Transfer Luke Ferreira leads the team with 12 points, while freshman Gabriel Diniz has scored three goals to rank second on the team.
- Defensively, the Hatters will rely on 2016 ASUN Goalkeeper of the Year Paul Ladwig to keep them in this match. The Rostock, Germany native ranks fourth in Division I Men's Soccer with 5.73 saves per game. He has increased his saves total in each of the past three seasons and is four saves shy of breaking into the ASUN's top-25 career saves list.
- Only one of Stetson's four wins this year has come on the road, and it was the season-opening victory at VCU. The Hatters last defeated Lipscomb away from home in 2014, a 3-1 victory in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday's match will be played on a neutral field in Fort Myers, Fla.
- 2011 marked the only time a No. 6-seeded team has ever advanced to the ASUN Championship Final. The last No. 6 seed to win a match in the ASUN Championship was in 2014.
#4 NJIT vs. #5 Jacksonville | Friday, Nov. 4th 6 p.m. ET | ASun.TV
#4 vs. #5 Seeds All-Time: 9-7-0
Last Match: NJIT 1, Jacksonville 0 (Sept. 21st, 2016; at Jacksonville, Fla.)
#4 NJIT (8-5-4; 3-2-1)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 0-0-0
No. 4 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 12-18-0
Last Time in ASUN Championship: First Appearance
- The Highlanders are making their ASUN Championship debut after qualifying for the postseason in the team's first year in the conference. In the past two championships, the No. 4-seeded team has advanced to the ASUN Championship Final.
- NJIT was led all year by the outstanding goalkeeper play of freshman Victor Pujades. He posted seven shutouts, most in the ASUN this season. His 1.06 GAA and 50 total saves both ranked second among ASUN goalkeepers this year. Pujades made eight saves when these two teams met the first time back in September.
- Offensively, Second Team All-Conference forward Mamadou Guirassy leads the team with seven goals and 17 total points. The seven goals are tied for most in a single season in NJIT's Division I era. The Paris, France native posted three assists in the team's final regular season match against St. Bonaventure, a new single match record for the Highlanders.
- All-Freshmen Team selection Rene White has been Guirassy's partner in crime up top. The freshman has scored six goals, second among ASUN rookies this season. White scored the game-winner on a beautiful volley against the Dolphins earlier this season.
- NJIT ranks second in the ASUN in total assists with 24. Four different players have recorded three or more assists, with Danny Cordeiro leading the team with four entering the postseason.
#5 Jacksonville (6-9-0; 2-4-0)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 5-11-2
No. 5 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 10-16-0
Last Time in ASUN Championship: 2015; First Round
ASUN Championship Titles: 2008
- Jacksonville has advanced to the ASUN Championship in six of the past seven years. The Dolphins' last victory came in 2010 in the first round. Jacksonville lost to NJIT in the regular season at home, while Friday's match will be played at Hodges Stadium on the campus of North Florida.
- Goals have been at a premium for Jacksonville, averaging just 1.00 goals per game. All-Freshman selection Kai Bennett leads the team with four goals, while Alberto Escobedo is second with three. Escobedo will miss this year's ASUN Championship after a knee injury at the end of the regular season.
- Goalkeeper Patrick Harding has been a consistent presence for the Dolphins between the posts. He has recorded five or more saves on four occasions this season, including the last three matches for the Dolphins. His performance on the final day of the regular season helped Jacksonville clinch a postseason spot and the No. 5 seed.
- The last No. 5 seeded team to win a match and advance in the ASUN Men's Soccer Championship was cross-town rival North Florida back in 2013. The Ospreys made it all the way to the title game that year, but no No. 5 seed has ever captured the ASUN Championship trophy.
- The Dolphins rank second in the ASUN with a .525 shot-on-goal percentage this year. Away from Southern Oak Stadium, Jacksonville is only averaging 6.6 shots per match. They finished with 17 shots in the first meeting with NJIT this year.