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Bisons beat Alabama A&M 3-2
Garret Pettis
Garret Pettis

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Forward Miguel DaSilva scored his first goal of the season and assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal as the Lipscomb Bisons beat Alabama A&M 3-2 Sunday afternoon in the final round of the Hyatt Place Select Invitational at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

“It was good to see Miguel start to do some things and look like his old self,” said Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow. “It is just a confidence thing with him right now.”

The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Bisons. It also marked the first time in five meetings that the Bisons have beaten Alabama A & M in men’s soccer.

“It was good to get a win,” said Morrow. “Offensive production is picking up.

“We had many chances in both games of the tournament. We will continue to focus on finishing our opportunities and defending a little bit better than we have.”

The Bisons dealt with both bouts of lightning, rain and a quick start from Alabama A & M.

After falling behind 1-0 at 20:54 DaSilva scored for the Bisons to tie the game at 35:57 of the first half.

“The first goal was unfortunate,” said Morrow. “We did a great job of battling back."

After the first goal by Alabama A & M Morrow chose to change his lineup on the back line. Freshman Ben Maxham made his season debut at the left back. He was joined in the middle by Josh Lind and Garrett McLaughlin. Tyler Burkhardt played the right back.

“I thought they did a better job than had been done in past games,” said Morrow. “Either guys are going to step up or it is going to be a wake-up call as to who we decide to play back there.

“Ben played a great game. It was good to see him have the opportunity to play and to make the most of the opportunity. We are going to have to look at him playing more in the future.”

McLaughlin found the net at 39:29 to give the Bisons a 2-1 lead at halftime.

“Garrett McLaughlin is probably more focused and worked harder over the summer to prepare himself than he ever has before,” said Morrow. “It is showing in his play.”

In the second half forward Garret Pettis scored an insurance goal with an assist from DaSilva at 74:07.

“Garret Pettis continues to be dangerous,” said Morrow. “He had untold opportunities this weekend, but he had a break through like DaSilva.”

Morrow was also pleased with the play of forward Evan McGee, especially in the first half.

The Bisons attempted 24 shots with seven shots on goal. Alabama A & M was credited with 12 shots with four shots on goal.

Defender Samadu Mutumba cut the Bisons lead to one goal when he scored unassisted at 81:10.

Brent McGee started in goal for the Bisons and played the first 45 minutes. He made one save and gave up one goal.

Joey DeRosa made his season debut playing the second half of the game. He also made one save and gave up one goal.

The Bisons are 3-3-1. Alabama A & M fell to 1-7-0.

In the other game North Carolina-Asheville won 2-1 in double overtime against Belmont.

North Carolina-Asheville won the tournament. The host Bisons finished second. Belmont was third.

The Bisons placed three players on the All-Tournament Team _ Pettis, McLaughlin and midfielder Andrew Longinotti.

“I’m amazed we got the tournament in this weekend,” said Morrow. “Lint Smith did a great job getting the field ready and prepping it beforehand.”

This weekend the Bisons are on the road in South Carolina for non-conference games with Furman on Friday and at Wofford Sunday afternoon.