Bisons get first road victory of season
Monday, September 12, 2005

Sept. 12, 2005

Box Score

This edition of the Lipscomb Bisons soccer team has won two games quicker than any of their predecessors dating back to 2001.

The Bisons beat North Carolina-Asheville 2-1 Sunday afternoon in Asheville.

The victory came on the heels of the first loss of the season, 3-0 at Wofford College Friday.

"Our Saturday practice was different," said Lipscomb Coach Charles Morrow. "It was much more intense. We got to a point where in the last 15 minutes we were playing like we should be. I told the players that was where we needed to be.

"It was not so much tactical adjustments but our mentality... how we approach the game. After the Wofford game we talked about things that went well and didn't go well. It was not a matter of overconfidence. We have gotten off to a decent start, but this is still a team with a very fragile psyche."

Ben Page scored his second goal of the year to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead at 8:27 of the first half on a blistering unassisted shot from 20 yards out.

"I was told early on that Ben was a good player," Morrow said. "He is technically gifted. He has some tools. He's very active. He is a good blue collar worker."

Josh Cline gave the Bisons a 2-0 lead at 79:43 of the second half.

The goal proved to be the game-winner for the Bisons. North Carolina-Asheville's Barrett Locke scored on a breakaway at 86:21.

Lipscomb goalkeeper J.D. Murphy earned his first victory of the season with seven saves, with four in the first half and three in the second.

The Bisons were out shot 14-9. The Bisons had four in the first half and five in the second. North Carolina-Asheville made six shots in the first half and eight in the second.

"We were more aggressive," Morrow said. "We had more of a defensive mentality."

North Carolina-Asheville fell to 0-1-1 on the season.

"We conceded a goal early and then dominated the match for the most part," said NC-Asheville coach Steve Cornish. "We had some great chances to score but either didn't put it in the back of the net or their goalkeeper came up with some key saves."

North Carolina-Asheville's sports information department contributed to this report.