“We saw a lot of good stuff, but we saw some areas we can work on to get better which is also good,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “We are not going to let ourselves get too happy.
“We know there is more there. We left some goals on the field. We certainly have some work to do before this weekend.”
The Bisons jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off Centenary for a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon in the final round at the Whitten Soccer Complex. Both Lipscomb and Belmont were unbeaten in the tournament. Belmont won the tie-breaker with seven goals to six for Lipscomb.
Garret Pettis, Miguel DaSilva and Joey Chiappetta were named to the all-tournament team.
The Bisons got an assist from Centenary which scored the first goal for Lipscomb at 7:19 off of a corner kick.
“If the Centenary guy had not headed it in one of our guys would have,” Morrow said. “We had a player right next to him.”
Freshman Josh Kolbo scored his first collegiate goal at 29:48 of the first half with a header to the left side of the box off of a corner kick by Chiappetta. In the two tournament games Chiappetta was credited with three assists.
“Joey has been playing well dating back to the Louisville game,” Morrow said. “He is making a bid for more playing time. “He is a guy who is not flashy. He is real steady. He is a good passer. He does the work."
DaSilva scored for the second game in a row at 69:59 as he beat Centenary’s goalkeeper one-on-one.
“So much of what Miguel does is off of his work rate and his ability to disturb defenses,” Morrow said. “Part of what makes Miguel great is that time-and-time again he finds ways to score.”
Morrow also praised the play of Angel Chairez in both games.
“Angel does such a good job,” Morrow said. “He doesn’t do a lot of things that catch your eye in the box score. Anytime anybody is in trouble they can find Angel. He is not going to give the ball away.
“He wasn’t pre-season all-conference. He doesn’t get a lot of accolades. But he does so much for us.”
Centenary, 0-3-0, ruined the Bisons’ bid for a shutout when Aaron Berman scored unassisted on a free kick from straight on from 30 yards out at 81:16.
The Bisons had 21 shots, nine shots on goal. Centenary did not get a shot until the second half and finished with only six shots, three on goal.
“It could have been and should have been a lot worse,” Morrow said. “It was total domination.
“The focus right now is playing our style and not worrying too much about what the other team does. We are focused on how to force our playing style on our opponents.”
The Bisons, 2-2, will host the Hyatt Place Select/Lipscomb Invitational Friday and Sunday at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. The Bisons will play UNC-Asheville Friday y at 7 and UAB Sunday at 4. The games will be televised live on A-Sun TV.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.