NASHVILLE, TENN. - No.1 Lipscomb defeated No. 6 Stetson 2-0 at home to claim its second-straight ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Bisons also earn the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Logan Paynter was the source of offensive power for the Bisons, scoring both goals in the victory. The 2018 ASUN Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Paynter set the Bisons' all-time scoring record in the win, netting his 34th and 35th career goals to provide the offense. The first half was slow to start as both teams felt out the rhythm of the contest, putting up just a few shots between either side in the first half of the beginning stanza. The game broke open on Paynter's first goal in the 40th minute as he headed in a ball after it was chipped in from Noah Gulden.
Coming out of halftime with a 1-0 lead, the scoring did not take as long to occur in the final 45 minutes as Paynter notched his second of the night in the 54th minute. From there on, the defense was the headline as the Bisons shut down Stetson to the tune of three shots in the second half and just five overall on the night. Chris Zappia recorded the shutout, his second of the year after making two saves of the five shots Stetson took.
With the victory, the Bisons now await their fate for the NCAA College Cup which will be announced on NCAA.com Monday, November 12 at Noon CT. The Bisons then find out who and where they meet for the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Lipscomb vs. Stetson - ASUN Championship Final Notes
- The Bisons have now won back-to-back ASUN Championship titles, the first team to do so since FGCU in 2011 and 2012
- Logan Paynter has now won Player of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Tournament MVP. He is the first player to do so in ASUN history
- The Bisons head into the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 9-9-0, 5-1-0 in conference play
- Stetson finishes its season with a mark of 7-10-2, 1-4-1 in ASUN play. The Hatters are the second-straight six seed to make the Final and third all-time
2018 ASUN Conference Men's Soccer All-Tournament Team
D - Preston Kilwien, FGCU
GK - Gustavo Vasconcelos, FGCU
MF - Reed Davis, Jacksonville
MF - Alex Dixon, Jacksonville
F - Tresor Mbuyu, Liberty
GK - Braeden Luna, Stetson
F - Lewis Scattergood, Stetson
MF - Ryan Birchfield, Lipscomb
D - Noah Gulden, Lipscomb
MF/D - Ben Locke, Lipscomb
MVP: F - Logan Paynter, Lipscomb