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Battle of the Boulevard ends in 0-0 standoff

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sept. 28, 2007

Final Stats

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A beautiful custom-made trophy was ready for the winner of the Lipscomb-Belmont soccer game.

The only problem was this version of the "Battle of the Boulevard" ended in a 0-0 tie with neither team being able to find the goal in 110 minutes of play. It was the first Atlantic Sun game for both teams.

"This game is what it is," said Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow. "It's a big rivalry. It is good for the team that wins, but in no way does it determine how the rest of the season will go. We will take what we can learn from it and get ready for our next game."

A school record crowd of 1,826 was on hand for the game at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex Friday night.

"I knew we would draw the numbers," said Morrow. "I think there is room in the Nashville sports market for that kind of crowd and I think we can do it more regularly than once a year.

"The student body has been great. I want to thank them for their support and for making this a special week for our team."

Lipscomb Bisons goalkeeper Jake Goergen made nine saves. He shared game MVP honors for his efforts.

Belmont goalkeeper Ron Gravely made four saves.

The Bisons lead the A-Sun in shots, but managed only 10 against Belmont. Garrett McLaughlin, Miguel DaSilva, Kezi Lara and T.J. Williams each had one shot on goal for the Bisons.

McLaughlin hit the left post early in the first half, the closest the Bisons came to scoring.

Belmont made 27 shots with Navarda Heath firing a game-high seven. Ian Schinelli made a game-high three shots on goal.

"It was a hard-fought game," Morrow said. "We hit the post early on. Belmont had its chances.

"We knew coming in it could go either way. Belmont is not happy with the way it ended up and neither are we."

The Bisons are 1-5-1, 0-0-1 in the conference. Belmont is 3-3-2, 0-0-1 in the A-Sun.

The Bisons are back in action Monday night at 7 when Western Kentucky visits for a non-conference game.

"Western Kentucky is not a conference opponent, but they are another local rivalry," Morrow said. "