Already an hour behind schedule coach Charles Morrow had plenty of time to talk about Monday’s 4-1 loss to Tulsa in the second round of the Southern Methodist Classic at Westcott Field.
“We let their pressure get to us,” Morrow said. “We weren’t as composed as we needed to be on the ball.
“We fought hard and defended pretty well for the majority of the game. But when things are going so bad offensively it is hard to defend as long as we had to do it.”
Isaac Pile was originally scouted by the Bisons’ coaching staff to be a goalkeeper. That's one of the positions listed for him on the roster. But he also has the skills to play in the field as well.
Pile scored on a header off of a free kick. Angel Chairez was credited with the assist.
“That score was not a good indication of how the game was going,” Morrow said. “Tulsa came out strong.
“We were able to defend quite a bit. We had a free kick in the attacking third and we were able to make good on it.”
Lipscomb goalkeeper Brent McGee made eight saves, but allowed the four goals.
Tulsa's James Gulley tied the game at 32:53 with a header off of a corner kick.
At 60:06 in the second half Tulsa took the lead on a header from eight yards out by Adrian Klammer.
“When it was 2-1 we had three great opportunities to go 2-2,” Morrow said. “We didn’t convert on any of them.”
Ashley McInnes scored Tulsa's third goal with a shot from 20 yards out at the 82:01 mark.
Corey Albertson put the ball in the goal on a deflection from two yards out at 85:27.
Tulsa had 27 shots, including 12 shots on goal. Lipscomb was credited with six shots. In addition to Pile, Garret Pettis also had one shot on goal for the Bisons.
“The 4-1 score was not indicative of how close the game was,” Morrow said. “Tulsa’s third score was a bomb from pretty far out. There wasn’t a lot Brent could do about it.”
The Bisons are 0-2-0. Tulsa is 2-0-0.
Chairez and Ethan Summers were named to the All-Tournament team.
Friday night at 4 the Bisons make the short trip down the boulevard to play Gardner-Webb in the Belmont Invitational. They will face Centenary in the second round Sunday, Sept. 12, at noon.
“This weekend was a good gauge for our guys to see where they are,” Morrow said. “These were competitive, high level games.
“We don’t like to lose games. We are going to work the rest of the week on what we have learned. This next weekend we will be much better.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.