NASHVILLE, Tenn. –– The Vanderbilt soccer team scored two goals in the first three minutes and never looked back en route to a 2-0 road victory at Lipscomb on Thursday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Veterans Raegan Kelley and Maddie Elwell tallied goals for the Commodores (3-3-1).
“We asked for a response after the Pepperdine game – our kids were really disappointed,” Vanderbilt head coach Darren Ambrose said. “They trained with a little bit of passion and some fire this week, and it showed. We came out and scored two goals really early on. Credit to Lipscomb – they never backed down, and they made it difficult. I’m just proud of the response. We asked them to be tougher. We asked them to fight. We asked them to represent the jersey and themselves with the kind of performance that they’d be proud of and I think they did that. They did it incredibly well.”
Just 1:45 into the game, Kelley collected a bouncing ball with her back to the goal from 10 yards out. The senior spun and fired a shot into the back of the net.
Wasting no time capitalizing again, Alex Wagner floated a perfectly placed ball to Elwell, who finished from three yards out to make it 2-0 with three minutes gone.
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Vanderbilt held an 8-4 advantage on shots through 45 minutes.
The second half featured back and forth action. There were nine more shots in the second half, including six from the Commodores.
Vanderbilt had a chance to make it 3-0 in the 78th minute when Rachel Deresky drew a foul in the box leading to a penalty kick. Ella Shamburger’s shot sailed just over the bar to keep it a two-goal advantage.
Between the pipes, Kate Devine was called upon to make one save for her third shutout of the season.
Vanderbilt outshot the Bisons, 14-7, including six shots on target.
Vandy improves to 5-1 in the all-time series versus Lipscomb.
The Commodores will look to carry the momentum into Sunday’s senior night game versus Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.