The Boys in Gold will meet the Bisons this preseason.
When Nashville SC returns from a three-match swing in Florida, it will play Lipscomb in a friendly at the school on March 1, the team announced Wednesday.
The friendly with Lipscomb gives Nashville seven total preseason contests. Next up: a trip to Florida, where the team will play Chicago, Ottawa and Orlando.
“It is a pleasure to play against such a successful local university here in Nashville,”
Nashville SC Coach Gary Smith said in a press release. “This gives us a great opportunity to continue to evaluate the depth we have on our roster.”
“We are excited to be a part in preparing Nashville SC for its first season as a professional club,” said Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow in the team’s release. “The energy and momentum behind soccer in Nashville right now is unprecedented. We are also preparing for our 2018 fall season. Having the opportunity to play a professional side is a barometer for us right now as players are taking on new roles in our spring season.”
Former Bison Micah Bledsoe is the third keeper for the Boys in Gold, so he’ll get a chance to play his alma mater. Bledsoe started 51 games for Lipscomb during his four-year career and is the fourth Lipscomb alum to play professional soccer. He notched 15 clean sheets for the Bisons.
If we are guessing, the Lipscomb friendly will give Nashville’s reserves a chance to fight for positioning. The team plays Cincinnati two days later, and we would imagine the starters will get stronger playing time for that match.
Last fall, the Bisons won the ASUN Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round to Butler. The NCAA soccer season is in the fall, but many programs play tune-up matches in the spring.