NASHVILLE – Nashville SC is showing support for soccer in the community in the club’s first-ever College Spotlight series, a seven-match tour of local college soccer matches hitting Nashville this fall. Nashville SC is teaming up with four universities, Belmont, Lipscomb, Trevecca and Vanderbilt, to shine light on the area’s local talent during their 2019 seasons.
The club will attend one of each program’s matches between September and October.
The College Spotlight series continues this Friday as Lipscomb Men’s Soccer hosts South Florida at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex (1510 Shackleford Rd, Nashville, TN 37215) at 7:00 p.m. CT. Nashville SC representatives will be at the match to show support for the Bisons with giveaways, prizes, merch and more.
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The Lipscomb File
Lipscomb (1-2-1) enters this week’s matchup with USF looking to get back to .500, building on a 3-0 win at ETSU Saturday and a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Evansville Tuesday. The 2018 campaign saw the Bisons shatter expectations, clinching the program’s second consecutive Atlantic Sun title. In the NCAA Tournament, Lipscomb reached the Sweet 16, fending off #25 Washington and a tough #9 UCF team before falling at the hands of #3 Kentucky.
This year, the Bisons are back for more, with Head Coach Charles Morrow in his 15th year at the helm. Despite losing the ASUN Player of the Year in Logan Paynter, Lipscomb sports ample talent up and down the roster. John Wynia looks to pad his already impressive collegiate resume as the program’s active leader in both points and assists. He is aided by a star-studded sophomore class that features three returning All-ASUN Freshman Team selections in Louis Robinson, Scott Gulden, and Noah Gulden.
Student-Athlete Spotlight: Noah Gulden
Noah, who comes to Lipscomb from Germany alongside his twin brother Scott, burst onto the scene in 2018, anchoring a defensive unit that forced four shutouts on the season. In addition to his All-Conference Freshman Team nod, Gulden was named First-Team All-ASUN, starting 17 matches and notching three assists. Gulden has already kicked off the 2019 season with a bang, scoring a goal early in the second half against ETSU. He was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week after the performance.
Gulden comes from a storied soccer family. His grandfather, Arild, was capped nine times playing internationally for Norway. Gulden’s father Björn, who is the acting CEO of Puma, played professionally in both Norway and Germany.
In addition to his brother, Scott, joining him on the field when Lipscomb suits up, Noah’s other brother, Henrik, is a midfielder for Mjøndalen IF, a professional club in Norway. Following in his family’s footsteps, Noah played for several Junior Bundesliga clubs in Germany. Look for him to make a big impact against USF this Friday.
The Bisons have several native Tennesseans on the roster who stayed close to home to play their collegiate soccer. In addition to Luke Wilson, Lipscomb’s veteran goalkeeper who hails from Columbia, TN, the Bisons have three homegrown freshman. Forward Hayes Wood, who scored the team’s lone goal in the 1-1 draw with Evansville, hails from Chattanooga. Midfielder Thomas Priest and defender Hunter Bossman come from Signal Mountain and Spring Hill, respectively.