The Bisons, the No. 4 seed are 10-8 on the season. Campbell, the No. 5 seed, ended its season with a 6-9-4 record overall. “It was a great team win,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “And it was a pretty dominating team win.”
Thursday the Bisons will travel to Johnson City to face top-seeded ETSU at 6 p.m. CT. The Bisons fell 2-1 in overtime to ETSU Oct. 24. This will be the Bisons third trip to the semifinals in their four A-Sun Tournaments.
The last time the Bisons played ETSU in the A-Sun Tournament was last season in the quarterfinals. ETSU won 3-0.
“With any team we have lost to this year there has been a sense of `man, I wish we had another chance at them’, “Morrow said. “I think the guys are looking forward to it. I’m sure we will be ready.”
The Bisons will take Sunday off and then start preparing for ETSU Monday. They will travel to Johnson City either Tuesday or Wednesday night.
“I think with us it is not preparing for the other team as much as it is preparing ourselves,” Morrow said. “I think if you prepare perfectly based on a scouting report then the best that you can do is a draw.
“We need to be aware of what ETSU does and having played them we certainly are. But we need to focus on what we do well and what we need to work on. We will continue that mindset going into this game.”
It was cold and breezy, but the only thing warmer than the sun that made conditions bearable was the scoring of the Bisons. Morrow called the victory a total team effort.
“It is becoming more and more evident that this is a team deal and that hasn’t always been the case,” Morrow said. “We’ve got so many weapons.
“We not only have Miguel DaSilva and Garret Pettis, but we also have Nick Bibb, Andrew Chamberlain, Tyler Burkhardt and Evan McGee who played well up top. But we had guys playing well everywhere. We subbed a lot and we had guys who stepped in and did the work.”
Using a lot of substitutions is not the norm in soccer, but for the past few games Morrow has not been shy to change his player combinations around.
“It has been more situational than anything else,” Morrow said. “When somebody needs to step in whoever has been called in has stepped in and done the work and done it well.
“If you rely on only one or two people and those guys have a bad game you are in a tough spot. It is O.K. now if a guy has an off game. There is someone behind them who can come in and do just as good or better.”
The Bisons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half. They led 5-0 after scoring a pair of second half goals, but lost the bid for a shutout with 4:02 left to play when Eric Debrah scored an unassisted goal for Campbell.
Lipscomb goalkeeper Brent McGee made seven saves. Campbell attempted 16 shots, eight of them shots on goal. The Bisons made 14 shot attempts, six of them shots on goal.
DaSilva, a forward, opened the scoring with a goal at 32:19. Midfielder Angel Chairez added a goal at 42:25, his first of the season. DaSilva then scored his second goal of the game at 43:48.
DaSilva also added two assists for six points in the game, tying him for the A-Sun lead for the most points in a game this season. Teammate Joey Chiappetta also has six points in a game this season with two goals and two assists at Belmont.
In the second half Pettis, also a forward, scored at 59:10. Josh Kolbo closed out the scoring for the Bisons at 78:46.
‘We are at a point now that unless you are at your best there is another guy who can play,” Morrow said. “We expect other players to continue to step up.
“Miguel was really on his game. Hopefully, he will do the same thing Thursday.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.