Friday night at 6 they face Jacksonville, 6-3-1, 1-0 in the conference, at 6 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex. Sunday at 1 p.m. they make a stop at North Florida. The Bisons are 4-6, 0-2 in the conference.
The Bisons opened the season at home this past weekend losing 2-1 in overtime to Florida Gulf Coast Friday night and 4-0 to Stetson Sunday afternoon.
“The conference didn’t do us any favors with scheduling,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “If you had to pick the top four teams in the conference we have started off with three of them right off the bat.
“On one hand it is a tough way to go to have three tough teams back-to-back-to-back. And North Florida is not going to be easy either. But it is a good barometer for us of where we are at and where we need to be.”
Morrow thinks the parity in the league is stronger than it has ever been.
“I didn’t think the score in the Stetson game was indicative of the game,” Morrow said. “I think if we can eliminate some mistakes and do a better job of capitalizing on our opportunities we have a good chance to get a good result this weekend. The margin of error is just so slim right now.
“Being down two games hurts. We talked about it as a team. When we look at our play there has been a call or two that has not gone our way. We have made mistakes that hurt us. We are not panicking just yet. We are still in the hunt.”
Jacksonville offers a number of challenges for the Bisons.
“Jacksonville is going to have more numbers in midfield than we play with,” Morrow said. “They play with three central midfielders. We have played a number of teams like that this year and have done pretty well against those teams.
“It is a matter of communication in dealing with those numbers. We can shift and slide people around to help out at certain times in certain parts of the field. Everybody is aware of how we want to do that. We have to be on top of it from the beginning.”
Any time the two teams play the score is usually close. Last season the Bisons won 1-0 in overtime in Nashville.
The Bisons have struggled to score goals this season. Three players have three goals each _ Miguel DaSilva, Garret Pettis and Garrett McLaughlin.
“Obviously, you can’t score enough goals,” Morrow said. “We only scored one this past weekend and it was a penalty kick. “We are getting opportunities. We hit the post twice against Stetson. I would like us to score more goals, but I don’t know if that is a huge issue.”
Morrow did stress to his players this weekend that they needed to focus more on getting the ball behind the opposition’s defense. “A lot of our opportunities this past weekend came while the defense had recovered and was on the goal side of the play,” Morrow said. “We need to do a better job of getting behind defenses. Sometimes putting the ball in behind a defense creates a lot of problems.
“There needs to be a better understanding of how to do that. We like to possess the ball as a team. We want to be able to build the attack. Our style is not a direct style where we knock it and run and hope for the best.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.