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DaSilva celebrates "Senior Night" with game-winning goal
Garrett McLaughlin
Garrett McLaughlin

Friday, October 22, 2010

It was a win, but it is not a game that Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow is going to use for an instructional video.

“This is not a game that we are going to point to and model as a way to play,” Morrow said. “So many times it was do we shoot or do we pass?

“It just seemed like we were a little bit off. That happens. We are happy to get the result and the points.”

Lipscomb Bisons' forward Miguel DaSilva celebrated "Senior Night" by scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win Friday night over USC Upstate at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

Just moments before Garrett McLaughlin and Garret Pettis combined to give DaSilva the goal with 3:57 left to play the Bisons had a goal nullified due to an injury to an Upstate player near midfield.

Lipscomb goalkeeper Brent McGee turned back three shots for the shutout, his third of the season.

“Late in the game we had to get a goal and we threw some numbers forward,” Morrow said. “It ended up working out. Traditionally our seniors have played well on `Senior Night’.

“It was a great ball in by Garrett. Pettis did well to settle the ball and turn. He was probably going to shoot it himself, but he passed it to Miguel. In a game like this you don’t want to leave anything undone.”

In addition to Silva and McLaughlin the Bisons honored Chase Nieri and Angel Chairez on "Senior Night".

“The seniors have been solid and steady, not just in this game, but in their four years here,” Morrow said. “It was good and fitting on `Senior’ night that Miguel and Garrett were involved in the deciding goal.”

The game started off differently as Morrow sent out a new starting lineup due to some players having missed some workouts.

“”We didn’t start our normal starting line-up and that is always an adjustment,” Morrow said. “It was not something we wanted to do.

“This was an important game. We weren’t taking this game lightly.”

The four seniors have won more games than any other senior class.

“All four of them have special things that they bring,” Morrow said. “They have done so much. We are going to miss them all.

“Miguel holds pretty much every school offensive record and was really our first big recruit who helped turn things around. Angel and Garrett are so important to what we do and will be hard to replace. Chase has been a model student in the classroom. On the field he went from a player who wasn’t playing very much at all to being a starter.”

Coaches vs. Cancer

The game was also one of five in the Atlantic Sun Conference designated as a "Coaches vs. Cancer" event this week. More than 200 fans were in attendance.

“It is important,” Morrow said. “The coaches in the conference have been looking to unite on a common cause for a couple of years. Our assistant coach, Kevin Burk, did a great job of putting the event together and getting Coaches vs.Cancer and Dick’s Sporting Goods involved.

“It is certainly a worthy cause and a noble cause,” Morrow said. “Cancer has impacted almost everyone.”

The ETSU challenge

The Bisons, winners of their last four games, are 8-6, 4-2 in the A-Sun. USC Upstate slipped to 1-10-3, 0-8 in the conference. The Bisons play their final home regular season game Sunday afternoon at 2 when ETSU visits.

“ETSU plays a challenging system,” Morrow said. “Both teams are fighting for standings for the conference tournament. They beat us twice last year. I’m sure these guys remember that."

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.