Whenever Lipscomb and Belmont meet in an athletic contests emotions run high.
Thursday night at 6:30 when the Bisons make the short trip down the road to Belmont for the soccer edition of the “Battle of the Boulevard” at the Whitten Soccer Complex there will be players with an edge to their emotions. But Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow wants to make sure that emotions don’t get in the way for the Bisons primary mission _ to win their third straight Atlantic Sun game.
“It always doesn’t make for the best game because of the emotions involved,” Morrow said. “But the way both teams are playing we expect this to be a good game.”
The Bisons are 6-6-0, 2-2-0 in the A-SUn. Belmont is 5-7, 2-2-0 in the conference.
Both teams played in Jacksonville, Fla., this past weekend and both of them won their games with Jacksonville and North Florida. Playing a Thursday night game after playing the previous Friday and Sunday means a short week of preparation.
“Monday is normally an off day but because of the short week we went out and trained a little bit,” Morrow said. “Tuesday we were rained out.
“Wednesday we fine-tuned stuff like our set pieces. We want to make sure everyone is on the right page for what to expect in the next game.”
In the NCAA Division I men’s soccer RPI released Wednesday the Bisons are ranked 93rd. They are one of six Atlantic Sun teams listed in the top 100. Florida Gulf Coast is 21st followed by ETSU (51st), Stetson (68th) and Campbell (77th). Mercer is rated 78th.
The most important thing for the Bisons at the point of the season is to win enough games to qualify for the A-Sun Tournament.
“At this point of the season the margin of error is slim because of the parity but the stakes are also high in terms of wins and losses,” Morrow said. “It will be a highly-contested game.”
Garrett McLaughlin and Miguel DaSilva each have scored five goals and added one assist this season. But Angel Chairez may be the unsung hero of the Bisons’ offense.
“If you ask any of the players to name the top three guys on the team Angel would be in the top two or three,” Morrow said. “Angel does a lot of the dirty work. He doesn’t get a lot of accolades because the numbers aren’t there to support it but with Angel we would be in trouble for sure.”
“Anytime we are in trouble and we need somebody that can hold the ball we go to Angel. He is so strong on the ball. He can get out of tight spots. He is a great passer and can spray the ball all over the field."
Belmont leads the series 8-4-2, but the Bisons are 3-0-2 in the last five meetings.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.