The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Bisons who slipped to 4-3 in the A-Sun, 8-7 overall. ETSU is 11-4 overall, 6-2 in the conference. It was the third straight win for ETSU.
The Bisons entered the game Sunday at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex ranked third in the conference postseason seedings. The first and second seeds earn a first round bye. The third and fourth seeds will host tournament games Nov. 6. The second round is Nov. 11 and the championship game is Nov. 13.
“It was a tough day, but it is a day where we got better as a team and our program got better,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “We fought hard as a team and that was great to see.”
The Bisons struck first when Kevin Barbar scored on a header from the right post 1:32 into the game. Joey Chiappetta was credited with the assist, his seventh point in his last two games.
In the second ETSU dominated the possession time scoring at 48:30 on a cross in front of the goal by Theo Yang.
With 53 seconds left in the first overtime Mario Samperio scored the game winner off of a rebound.
“We got caught twice not pursuing the ball,” Morrow said. “ETSU took advantage of both of those mistakes.”
It was only the second overtime game of the season for the Bisons. They lost to Florida Gulf Coast in overtime 2-1 Oct. 1.
ETSU is 4-0 in overtime games this season. They beat Clemson 1-0 Sept. 6, Marshall 2-1 Sept. 20 and UNC-Asheville 2-1 Sept. 25.
Lipscomb goalkeeper Brent McGee made eight saves. Two saves were given to the team. Despite the loss, Morrow called the game a solid team effort overall for his Bisons.
ETSU attempted 29 shots with 12 shots on goal. The Bisons had nine shots, including three shots on goal.
“Our guys fought hard as a team,” Morrow said. “We had our opportunities. We did a really good job of executing the way we had to play against ETSU. The game could have gone either way.
“We played hard as a team. But individually I thought that Brent McGee and Garret Pettis both played great games. “
The Bisons close out the regular season on the road. They travel to Mercer Oct.28 and play at Campbell Oct. 30.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.