Mike Jacobs announces Lipscomb friendly on Fox 17

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Alan Winn went from depth player to squad regular during last year’s preseason.

On an appearance on Fox17 this morning, Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs announced another preseason friendly for this USL season: the Boys in Gold will play a second annual game against Lipscomb University. The game will take place on Lipscomb’s campus Feb. 27. A 5 p.m. kickoff awaits the city’s top professional and college men’s teams.

Nashville played primarily depth squad members in last season’s game and emerged with a 2-0 win over the Bisons. However, several who made an impact on that game ultimately turned into key players for NSC over the course of the season, including Alan Winn, Ropapa Mensah, Bolu Akinyode, and Taylor Washington. The game’s goal-scorers, midfielders Ian McGrath and Martim Galvão, did not see regular-season action for the club, however.

The Bisons went on to make the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, the best season in school history.

This is the fourth known preseason game (and first against an amateur club), with more on the way. See the full preseason and regular-season schedule here.

Club release:

NASHVILLE (January 15, 2018) – Nashville Soccer Club will have a second preseason game in Music City in 2019. The club announced it will make a return to the campus of Lipscomb University for a preseason friendly against the Bisons on Wednesday, February 27 at 5 p.m. CST. It will be the second consecutive preseason that Nashville SC has played at Lipscomb. In 2018, the teams met for a friendly at Lipscomb Soccer Complex where Nashville SC took home the 2-0 victory in front of more than 500 soccer fans.

“I am delighted to be playing Lipscomb again,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “Last year’s game was ultra-competitive and we know Lipscomb will give us a good preseason test. At the same time, this game allows us to keep an eye on the young collegiate talent in our city.”

The Bisons are coming off their best season in program history. Lipscomb won the ASUN regular season and tournament championships, qualifying for its second consecutive NCAA Tournament. Behind an improbable run, the Bisons advanced to the Sweet 16 of the tournament with a shootout win against Washington and an OT win over Central Florida.

“An exhibition with Lipscomb gives our fans another opportunity to see the 2019 club in action here in Nashville,” said Nashville SC VP of soccer operations and technical director Mike Jacobs. “[Head coach] Charles Morrow and his Lipscomb team had a magical NCAA Tournament run in the Fall, and gave soccer fans here in Nashville something to be very proud of.”

This game is the fourth on the preseason schedule so far for Nashville as it will kick off its preseason in Florida at IMG Academy against Montreal Impact of MLS and defending USL champions Louisville City FC. The club has also announced a home friendly against New York City FC of MLS on February 22 at First Tennessee Park at 7 p.m.

Tickets to the game at Lipscomb are available through lipscombsports.com and are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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