The Bisons lost 1-0 Friday night at Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was also Xavier’s first win of the season, raising its record to 1-2-2. The two ties had been scoreless outcomes in double overtime.
The game was played on artificial turf, the first time the Bisons have played on that type of surface this season.
“Once they scored they dropped into a defensive shell and had 10 people behind the ball for the whole second half,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “We got frustrated. We were a little bit impatient in the attacking third.
“We had a few shots that were out of range when we took them. We tried to force too many things.”
With 4:09 left in the first half Andy Dimbi scored on a penalty kick. It was the first goal scored by Xavier this season. Garrett Pettis led the Bisons with five shots.
The Bisons attempted 16 shots, but only one was a shot on goal. That attempt was made by Andrew Chamberlain.
“I felt like we created some opportunities,” Morrow said. “We still should have been able to score. We should have been more patient and more thoughtful in the attacking third.”
Xavier was credited with 11 shots. Lipscomb goalkeeper Isaac Pile, making his first start of the season in net, made one save in 45 minutes of play. Brent McGee played the second half and did not face a shot.
Morrow was not happy with the attitudes of some of his players in the wake of the loss.
“Some of the attitude was that is just the way it goes,” Morrow said. “Some thought it was a tough surface. Some talked about having a tough call early on. Some had the attitude that they put numbers behind us and we did our best, but we just couldn’t find a goal.
“That is a defeatist attitude. We have to find ways to win. We just didn’t.”
The Bisons, 3-4, will play Sunday at 10 a.m. at Bowling Green State in Bowling Green, Ohio.
“Bowling Green State will be similar to Xavier with a direct approach,” Morrow said. “It will also be a physical game.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.