Sept. 8, 2006
Lipscomb Bisons soccer coach Charles Morrow had been waiting for newcomer Keri Lara to break out offensively.
Well, the wait is over as Lara, a midfielder, scored the hat trick Friday night in a 4-3 overtime win against the host Centenary Gents in the Centenary College Invitational at Shreveport, La. It was the third overtime game of the season for the Bisons who are 2-1 in those contests.
"That is something we have been working on with Keri," said Morrow. "It was nice to see him finally produce some goals."
Morrow was less than pleased with the team's performance, despite the outcome.
"We had the game well in hand 2-0 and really should have put them away," said Morrow. "We let them back into the game emotionally and things deteriorated from there. I'm definitely happy that we got the win, but I'm not really happy with the game we played."
Lara scored his first goal of the game at the 59:11 mark of the second half with T.J. Williams getting the assist.
Centenary broke into the scoring column at 67:53 when midfielder Stephen Rifai scored on a header. They tied the game at 71:08 when Osama Buazza scored on a penalty kick.
Lara gave the Bisons the lead once again at 3-2 at 80:44 as he scored from the right side. Benj Lance was credited with the assist.
Rifai struck for his second goal, unassisted, at 85:23 with a shot from the top of the box to send the game into overtime.
Lara, with an assist from Rosales, beat his man one-on-one to score the game winner at 93:13.
"It never should have gotten to overtime," said Morrow. "They had two players thrown out of the game and we playing two men down."
Defender Scott Mason and Lara each tied for game-high in shots on goal with three. Mason had a hat-trick against Centenary last season and ended with a school record four goals.
The Bisons had held a 9-5 edge in shots on goal and a 23-14 qdvantage in shots.
Freshman goalkeeper Danny Prichard made two saves.
Centenary had five yellow cards and two red cards. The Bisons had two yellow cards.
"I felt good about how our guys handled themselves," said Morrow.
The Bisons, who play Oral Roberts at 5 p.m. Saturday, are 2-3 overall. Centenary fell to 1-3.