@ASunSoccer's Inside the Pitch: Lipscomb

MACON, Ga. - With the start of the 2014 Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer season tomorrow, we are taking a closer look at each of the seven conference teams.

Lipscomb comes into the 2014 season looking to breakthrough to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in team history. Following last season's nine wins and a semifinal berth in the A-Sun Championship, head coach Charles Morrow returns all 11 starters and a solid core around them this season. Led by 2013 A-Sun Player of the Year Omar Djabi, the Bisons were picked as one of the preseason favorites this season. Coach Morrow can count on senior Luke Gearin to help the defense, while Reece Holcombe comes into the year with six career goals scored.

In 2013, the Bisons went 9-9-2 overall including a 4-3-1 conference record. A 4-1 victory over Jacksonville marked the biggest offensive output of the season. Djabi, the league's leading goal scorer with nine, scored twice in that game to give the Bisons the win. Micah Bledsoe contributed 79 saves in 2013, second most in the A-Sun to help lead the Lipscomb defense. With all 11 starters returning this season, this Bisons squad is poised to take the next step and contend for the A-Sun Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.  


Active Statistical Career Leaders
Games Played (min. 35): Zander El-Hindi (59), Omar Djabi (57), Robbie Johnson (49), Reece Holcomb (39), Luke Gearin (38), Anthony Cedano (36) 
- Starts (min. 30): Zander El-Hindi (46), Omar Djabi (45), Robbie Johnson (42), Luke Gearin (38), josue Chaves (30)  
- Points (min. 10): Omar Djabi (29), Luke Gearin (14), Reece Holcombe (14)
- Goals (min. 3): Omar Djabi (12), Luke Gearin (7), Reece Holcombe (6), Josue Chaves (3) 
- Assists (min. 3): Omar Djabi (5), Matt Kerridge (5)
- Game-Winning Goal: Omar Djabi (5), Reece Holcombe (2), Luke Gearin (1), Troy Barr (1), Scout Monteith (1), Zander El-Hindi (1), Josue Chaves (1), Kevin McMahon (1) 
- Saves (min. 50): Micah Bledsoe (79)
- Shutouts (min. 2): Micah Bledsoe (6)

Lipscomb's Schedule Breakdown
- Home Matches: 9
- Away Matches: 7
- Neutral Matches: 2
- First Home Match: vs. Houton Baptist (Sept. 17 – 7 p.m. CT)
- First Road Match: at Xavier (Aug. 29 – 6 p.m. CT)
- Opening A-Sun Contest: vs. USC Upstate (Oct. 1 – 7 p.m. CT - ASun.TV)

Roster Breakdown
Seniors: 4
- Juniors: 9
- Sophomores: 6
- Freshman: 9

Coaching Profile
Head Coach: Charles Morrow
Alma Mater:  Lipscomb, 1996
Record at Lipscomb: 62-95-18, 10th season
Career Record: 82-108-24

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