• Lillie Burke

Lady Bisons capture 2013 Boulevard title

With the most goals allowed in series history, the Belmont women’s soccer team fell to rival Lipscomb 4-0 in the Battle of the Boulevard matchup Monday night.

Lipscomb midfielder Molly Bray scored two unassisted goals and forward Ellen Mundy added two of her own for the Lady Bisons.

The loss was only Belmont’s second in the series history against Lipscomb.

“Any loss is hard especially when we are not playing our game,” Belmont coach Heather Henson said. “We have to get back to how we play. We have to be disciplined to play our system no matter who we are playing.”

Throughout the opening minutes of the game, Belmont and Lipscomb battled for possession in mid-air, exchanging many headers back and forth.

But Lipscomb netted the first goal of the contest in the 22nd minute when Lundy settled the throw in from Baylee Linnell to put the Lady Bisons up 1-0.

Over the next several minutes, Belmont created game tying opportunities with the best chance coming from Cassie Blase in the 30th minute. The sophomore midfielder sent a high flying shot that was batted over the crossbar by Lipscomb keeper Anna Buhigas.

Lipscomb doubled its lead in the opening minutes of the second half when Bray scored her first unassisted goal of the night.

A few minutes later, Belmont senior Katie Proud tried to cut down the lead by sending in a shot from the top of box. Buhigas stood her ground once again and came up with the save.

“We created chances but tried to play the perfect final ball to get great goal,” Henson said. “We just have to keep possession, work down the field together, and build our attack.”

Less than a minute after a failed corner kick from Belmont, Lundy scored her second goal of the night on a powerful strike into the right corner of the net.

Another unassisted goal by Bray extended Lipscomb’s lead 4-0 with 25 minutes remaining.

Despite being down by four goals, the Bruins continued to pressure the ball and fight hard against their rival.

“All of us came into it wanting to fight hard because this is obviously our rival. Nobody wanted to back down,” Proud said. “We didn’t care how many goals they scored on us. We wanted to get one and prove ourselves.”

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