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 including 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 of the program’s matches between September and October.
College Spotlight continues this Friday as Lipscomb women’s soccer hosts Kennesaw State at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex (1510 Shackleford Rd, Nashville, TN 37215) at 6:00 p.m. CT. Nashville SC will be at the match to show support for the Lady Bisons with giveaways, prizes, merch and more.
Here’s the College Spotlight on the Lady Bisons:
The Lipscomb File
Lipscomb (6-4) enters this week’s matchup with Kennesaw State looking to bounce back from a hard-fought 2-1 loss at the hands of Xavier this past Sunday. The loss came after consecutive victories over Tennessee Tech and Southern Illinois that saw the Lady Bisons win by a combined eight goals thanks to a hat trick from redshirt sophomore Allie Dunn and two clean sheets from redshirt junior Melissa Gray.
Thursday’s matchup with Kennesaw State marks the beginning of ASUN conference play. Lipscomb will enter conference matchups hoping to repeat as ASUN Conference Champions after breezing through the competition last year before falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Kevin O’Brien is in his seventh year with the program and he has a deep, veteran roster poised to make this his best season yet.
Student-Athlete Spotlight: Olivia Doak
Doak entered this season looking to pad an already stellar resume and has done nothing short of that through the team’s first ten matches. Her six goals are twice as many as anyone else on the roster, and her 15 points and 30 shots are also tops on the Lady Bisons. Doak started the year off with a bang, notching two goals in the season opener against Belmont, and hasn’t looked back since, as she looks poised to repeat as ASUN Player of the Year.
Doak’s trophy case is packed to the brim and it’s easy to see why. The senior forward from Shelbyville, Tennessee was the first player in program history to be named to the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Region First-Team, collecting that award last season after being named to the All-Conference Second Team as a sophomore and earning ASUN Freshman of the Year honors the year prior. Doak is also ranked as the 53rd best player in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer.
The Lady Bisons have several native Tennesseans on the roster who stayed close to home to play their collegiate soccer. In addition to Doak, the Lady Bisons have nine homegrown players from all over the state. O’Brien has grown his program locally, recruiting throughout Tennessee and finding talent. Here are the Lady Bisons from the Volunteer State:
MF Madison Shea - Murfreesboro (Central Magnet School)
MF Monica Mullaney - Murfreesboro (Oakland High School)
F Allie Dunn - Oak Ridge (Grace Christian Academy)
F Maycie McKay - Brentwood (Brentwood Academy)
F Grace Oliver - Maryville (Maryville)
D Emily Patti - Knoxville (Christian Academy of Knoxville)
F Macy Douglas - Ashland City (Cheatham County Central High School)
D Kaitlin Echols - Memphis (Briarchrest Christian School)
F Olivia Doak - Shelbyville (Shelbyville Central High School)