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Bisons seeking to change their luck in Florida
Garret Pettis
Garret Pettis

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Lipscomb Bisons soccer team will be heading to the “Sunshine” state this weekend looking for a a pair of Atlantic Sun wins.

The first stop for the Bisons is in DeLand, Fla., where they will face Stetson Friday night at 6. Sunday afternoon at 1 they will face Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla.

“It’s not a negative to be on the road this weekend,” said Bisons coach Charles Morrow. “Our guys are looking forward to the trip.”

Stetson is coming off a surprise 2-0 loss at North Florida. It was the first loss of the season for Stetson, 7-1-1, 1-1-0 in the A-Sun, and the first win of the season for North Florida.

“There is always parity within the conference,” said Morrow. “I think that is true this year more than it has been the last four years. I’ve talked with coaches who have been in the conference for awhile and they thin k it is going to be a crazy year. It is anybody’s game.

“Our guys get a sense of that. They see results around the league. There is pressure because every game is important. There is a sense that every chance counts and could be the difference. I just don’t think there is a dominant team out there, at least not right now.”

The Bisons are 3-6-2, 0-1-1 in the conference. They are 0-3-0 on the road.

The Bisons lost 1-0 to Mercer Saturday and tied Campbell 2-2 Oct. 1 in home games at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

“There are frustrations from last weekend,” said Morrow. “The best cure is to just get out there and play again. Hopefully, after this weekend, we will play two good games and be back in the hunt in the conference.

“The tough part is that you feel like you are playing catch up the rest of the time. We are going to take it game by game and hopefully we will be there at the end. “

The Bisons lead the A-Sun in shots with 206, an average of 18.73 per match.

The top three spots in shots for the season overall in the A-Sun are held by Bisons. Garrett McLaughlin leads the way with 36 shots followed by Andrew Chamberlain in second with 35 and Garret Pettis in third with 31.

Pettis leads the conference in shots per game with 3.88. McLaughlin is third with 3.27 and Chamberlain is fourth with 3.18.

Morrow points to a combination of reasons why the team is not converting those shots into more goals.

“The guys are frustrated. But it is not like we are shooting from 40 feet out,” said Morrow. “We are producing good opportunities. There have been unlucky bounces. There have been some tremendous defensive players by the other team. There is not one thing you can put your finger on and say this is why it is happening.

“There are times when teams go through periods like this. The best thing to do is to have your players keep their noses to the grindstone and keep working. We just have to keep shooting and eventually they will start falling in.”