“We started off pretty strong,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “To be fair, we missed several opportunities we should have done better with.
“Going forward we looked more organized than we did in our first two games. The guys are getting a sense of what to expect from each other on the field.”
The win was the first for the Bisons this season in three appearances. They opened with losses to Southern Methodist and Tulsa in the SMU Classic in Dallas. The Bisons retained the lessons they learned from those losses and put them to use in the Gardner-Webb game.
“Defensively we looked a lot stronger,” Morrow said. “We worked as a group defensively. We put Gardner-Webb under pressure and won the ball. That was good to see.”
Miguel DaSilva struck first for the Bisons with his first goal of the season at 23:03 of the first half. Garret Pettis was credited with the assist.
Gardner-Webb tied the game at 30:07 on a goal by Jon Reinharden.
In the second half the Bisons broke the 1-1 tie at 66:50 on a goal by Andrew Chamberlain. Isaac Pile assisted on the goal.
“It was unfortunate that we let them back in the game,” Morrow said. “That gave them some life. But our guys responded well and fought back.
“We got the second goal and we didn’t slow down after that. I thought there was a lapse after we scored the first goal. We were content instead of pouring it on.”
At 76:25 Pettis scored his second goal of the season. He was assisted by Joey Chiappetta.
“I think it is a positive that teams can’t just key on one person,” Morrow said. “We have a number of guys who can create good opportunities and put themselves into good positions to score.”
Morrow singled out Pettis for how hard he worked during the game.
“Garret carried a lot of the load,” Morrow said. “He was very active up top. He has all of the qualities that make a good forward. He can strike the ball. He can receive a ball with defenders on his back. He can run at defenders one-on-one.
“A lot of it is understanding the game. The difference from this year to last year for Garret is his work rate is back.”
Gardner-Webb made 16 shots, seven shots on goal. The Bisons attempted 13 shots, six on goal with Pettis leading with two. He also led with six shots overall.
Lipscomb goalkeeper Brent McGee was credited with six saves.
This was the third straight win for the Bisons over Gardner-Webb, 1-2-0, a former Atlantic Sun Conference team.
Sunday at noon the Bisons face Centenary, 0-2-0, in the second round. Centenary lost 5-2 to host Belmont in the second game Friday night.
“Centenary plays the same system as Gardner-Webb which is good for us,” Morrow said. “We don’t have to get ready for something completely different. They are a team that will work hard.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.