The Bisons won their first Atlantic Sun game of the season beating Jacksonville 4-2 on the road Friday night.
“I was proud of the way the guys fought and battled,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “We also did well with our chances. It was good to get on the board in terms of points in the conference.
“There is no question that Jacksonville is a good team. I’m sure they felt like some things didn’t go their way. The margin of error is so narrow in conference games.”
Garrett McLaughlin opened the scoring for the Bisons connecting on a penalty kick at 24:07 of the first half. It would be the only goal in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half the Bisons built up a 3-0 advantage. Garret Pettis scored on a cross from the right that went into the left corner of the net at 57:55. Nick Bibb was credited with the assist and earned high marks from Morrow for his overall play.
Miguel DaSilva scored the third goal for the Bisons at 71:24 on a deflection. The assist was given to Jeremy Lind.
“It was good to see Miguel look like his old self,” Morrow said. “He had a goal and an assist and he drew the penalty kick. Miguel was a handful.”
At the 80:30 mark Zach Langen was given a red card and ejected from the game. The Bisons played the rest of the way down one player.
“We played pretty great team defense for about 80 minutes,” Morrow said. “But we let them back into the game.”
Jacksonville came back to score the next two goals. Keegan Olsen scored an unassisted goal at 80:38 after a blocked penalty kick. Davide Faga found the next on a corner kick at 82:53.
The Bisons sealed the win at 84:12 when Andrew Chamberlain put the ball into the left corner of the net from 12 yards out. DaSilva was given the assist.
“We had made a lot of subs, but it shouldn’t have gotten out of hand like it did with Jacksonville scoring two goals at the end,” Morrow said. “We had to put some players back in near the end of the game to finish it off for us.”
Goalkeeper Brent McGee made seven saves for the Bisons in earning the win.
The Bisons were outshot 21-14. Jacksonville held a 9-8 advantage in shots on goal.
The Bisons are 5-6, 1-2-0; heading into Sunday’s road game at North Florida at 1 p.m. Jacksonville is 6-4-1, 1-1-0.
“We need all of the points we can get,” Morrow said. “It is good after what happened to us last weekend to get a good result and get moving in the right direction towards the conference tournament.
“We are excited about Sunday. I told the guys we have to get over this win pretty quickly. We can’t afford to leave here without six points. We will get refocused and be ready."
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.