ORLANDO – Louis Robinson's dagger in the 97th minute kept the story book season going for the Lipscomb men's soccer team as the Bisons defeated #9 UCF in overtime, 1-0, Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Orlando, Florida.
The freshman phenom found himself on the right end of a pass from Austin Eager eight yards in front of the net and buried it past the Knights keeper and into the upper left 90 to advance the Bisons to a Sweet 16 date with #3 Kentucky next Saturday in Lexington.
The Bisons (10-9-1), after traveling more than 4,500 miles in four days, needed time to get their legs under them. The Knights (13-3-3) went on the attack early, pouncing 13 shots at Lipscomb in the opening half. Keeper Chris Zappia picked up right where he left off on Thursday with tremendous saves one right after another, including five in the first half.
After a half of being attacked, Lipscomb came out after the break and sat back, allowing UCF to chase the ball.
Lipscomb managed just five shots through the first 90 minutes of action, but once overtime began, the tempo was raised.
Just seconds before Robinson's winner, Logan Paynter had two cracks at it from inside the 6-yard box, followed by attempts from Scott Gulden and Ryan Birchfield.
Birchfield set up the game-winner with a pass out wide to Eager, who then rolled it across the box to Robinson.
Lipscomb is the first ASUN Conference team to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament since 1996.