The Lipscomb Bisons fell behind Mercer 1-0 after the first two minutes of the game and that proved to be enough as Mercer earned a 2-0 victory Thursday over the Bisons in an Atlantic Sun Conference match-up at Bear Field in Macon, Ga.
The Bisons outshot the Bears, 14-7 but failed to capitalize on its scoring opportunities as they fell for just the second time in its last six games.
The loss dropped the Bisons to 8-8 overall, and 4-4 in the A-Sun. Mercer improved to 9-5 overall and 4-4 in league play.
“Our team failed to play within our system tonight and as a result it was a pretty bad team loss,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “We got rattled a little bit when we gave up that early goal but give Mercer credit. They (Mercer) did a good job of defending us and getting numbers behind the ball as the game went along.”
Lipscomb outshot Mercer 9-3 in the opening period but Richie Edmondson’s early goal at the 1:42 mark gave the Bears a one-goal lead at intermission.
In the second half, the Bisons once again held the shot advantage over Mercer but failed to get the ball in the back of the net as goalkeeper Brett Petricek made three of his six saves on the night in the second half.
“We played to individualistic tonight and we needed someone to step up,” Morrow said.
The Bears added to its lead at the 78:15 mark when Will Betts scored his first goal of the season off assists from Josh Shutter and Ryan Young, giving Mercer a two-goal lead.
Andrew Chamberlain led the Lipscomb attack with four shots, while Joey Chiappetta, Nick Bibb and Chase Nieri had two shots apiece.
Both teams entered the night vying for a top-four seeding in the A-Sun postseason tournament. The Bisons are currently tied with Mercer and Campbell with 12 points in the regular season standings with each team having one game left to play.
The Bisons will conclude the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Buies Creek, N.C., to face Campbell. Saturday’s game against the Fighting Camels will start at 6 p.m. CT. Campbell blanked Belmont 7-0 on Thursday night.
The third and fourth seeds of the A-Sun Tournament will host first-round games while the first and second seeds receive first-round byes. The first-round games are Nov. 6 and the semifinals are Nov. 11. The winner of the two semifinals will play in the championship on Nov. 13.
Atlantic Sun Conference Standings (Through Oct. 28, 2010)
School W-L-T PTS W-L-T
*FGCU 7-0-0 21 11-3-2
+ETSU 7-2-0 21 12-4-0
Stetson 5-2-0 15 8-5-1
Lipscomb 4-4-0 12 8-8-0
Mercer 4-4-0 12 9-5-1
Campbell 4-4-0 12 6-6-4
Jacksonville 3-4-0 9 8-7-1
Belmont 3-5-0 9 6-10-0
North Florida 2-5-0 6 3-9-0
USC Upstate 0-9-0 0 1-12-3
* - Not eligible for A-Sun Tournament Play During NCAA Reclassifying Period
+ - Clinched No. 1 seed