Defender Kezi Lara had to leave Friday night’s game with Furman and is not expected to play Sunday afternoon at 1 when the Bisons play Wofford in round two of the South Carolina-Tennessee Soccer Challenge in Spartanburg, S.C.
Josh Lind filled in for Lara and is expected to be in the line-up against Wofford, but Bisons coach Charles Morrow knows it is going to be a difficult hole to fill.
“We just don’t have anybody who plays in the back who has that kind of pace,” said Morrow. “We met with individual players Saturday and talked to them about how we are going to have to play differently without him.
“The great thing about Kezi is he is able to cover up mistakes that we get away with. Without him we can’t cover those mistakes.”
The Bisons lost 3-0 to Furman Friday in Greenville, S.C., a loss that Morrow stresses was partially the result of the loss of Lara.
“Furman is a very talented team,” said Morrow. “They have four or five guys that are very dangerous if they can get a step on a defender.
“They did a good job of capitalizing on our mistakes. For the first 25 minutes we were playing really well. When Kezi went out the game slowly changed. We didn’t react well and we didn’t adjust well to losing him. The goals we gave up were bad.”
The Bisons have a 4-4 record overall against Wofford, including a 1-0 win last season. Morrow is expecting Wofford to be a much better team than the one the Bisons played in 2008.
“I have a lot of respect for Wofford’s coach,” said Morrow. “I am sure they are going to be more organized. We are not going to take them lightly. They do some things that will give us some problems for sure.”
Brent McGee is expected to get the start in goal.
Wofford is 3-0-2, 2-0-1 at home. The Bisons are 3-4-1, 0-2-0 on the road.