Oct. 13, 2005
It was good to be home again.
For Lipscomb's Bisons soccer team home has probably never looked so good. Playing on campus for the first time since tying Evansville 2-2 on Sept. 6 the Bisons came-from-behind scoring a goal in each half to take a 2-1 victory over Gardner-Webb late Thursday afternoon.
"I was thinking about it on our 12-hour drive back from Stetson last week," said Lipscomb Coach Charles Morrow. "It makes such a difference being at home. You're sleeping in your own bed. The surroundings are familiar. There ia a normal routine."
It was the first Atlantic Sun victory of the season for the Bosons, and their second home win of the season. They are 2-0-1 at home. The victory ended a five-game losing streak, all on the road, for the Bisons.
The contrasts in the way the game was played in each half was as extreme as the contrasts in the black uniforms of Gardner-Webb and the white uniforms of the Bisons.
The first half was almost all Gardner-Webb's. They recorded 14 shots in the first half while the Bisons managed only five.
Gardner-Webb freshman defenseman Dirk Dittrich opened the scoring in the first half with a header shot into the goal off of a corner kick from the left side of the field by senior midfielder Gampi Lapeschi less than two minutes into the first half (1:55).
"We were on our heels early," Morrow said. "They did a good job of getting themselves prepared, and I don't think we responded early on very well. When you are at home you should be setting the tempo for the game."
Dittrich scored the goal against Lipscomb's sophomore goalkeeper Jake Goergen. He played 27:22 minutes of the first half before being replaced by senior goalkeeper J.D. Murphy who finished out the first half and the game.
Sophomore defender Michael Spencer tied the game at 1-1 at the 20:34 mark. Sophomore Bisons forward Ben Page fired a shot at Gardner-Webb goalkeeper Chris Leibl. The ball was deflected to Leibl's left. Spencer came charging in and slid the ball into the net before Leibl could recover.
In the second half the Bisons took control of the game, making 11 shots while holding Gardner-Webb to seven. recover.
The Bisons took the lead for good when sophomore midfielder Kevin Terry also scored off of a deflection at the 51:51 mark. Once again it was Page making the shot. The ball went off of Leibl's hands and Terry put the ball into the back of the net.
"Out of all of the things we need to work on confidence is the No. 1 thing," Morrow said. "We know our guys can play with other teams. Once the guys got settled in I thought they did a good job of fighting back."
It was the second game-winning goal of the season for Terry.
Page made six shots, three shots on goal, both game highs. Lapeschi made five shots for Gardner-Webb, one a shot on goal.
Gardner-Webb made seven shots on goal. Lipscomb was credited with six.
Goergen had one save for the Bisons. Murphy made five saves. Leibl made four saves for Gardner-Webb.
The Bisons are 3-6-1 overall, 1-3-0 in the conference. Gardner-Webb is 5-6-2 overall, 0-5 in the conference.