Men's Soccer Prepares to Host Jacksonville, North Florida
Thursday, October 13, 2011
By Colby Wilson
Men's Soccer Prepares to Host Jacksonville, North Florida

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team will host Jacksonville (Oct. 14, 7 p.m.) and North Florida (Oct. 16, 2 p.m.) at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

The Bisons come into the weekend with two factors on their side. With two big wins in a row, including the first-ever over a top-25 program, the Bisons are tied for third with 25th-ranked Florida Gulf Coast. Lipscomb looks to keep the momentum going this weekend.

Rest will also play a crucial role this weekend. After only one match last weekend, the Bisons should be well-rested for the beginning of the stretch run. Charles Morrow and the rest of the coaching staff will have to make sure Lipscomb doesn’t show any sign of rust this weekend.

At 3-8-2 overall, the Bisons don’t have the pedigree of Jacksonville (6-5-1); however, history is on the Bisons side. The Dolphins haven’t beaten Lipscomb since 2007. Jacksonville has found its offense from all over the field, with seven players scoring two or more goals this season.

North Florida, at 1-10-0, hasn’t beaten Lipscomb since 2007 either and will need more offensive firepower to do so this weekend. The Osprey have managed a mere five goals in 11 matches and have only scored more than one goal in a match on one occasion in 2011.

Next weekend could be the biggest of the season for the Bisons. Not only will Lipscomb be traveling to Florida Gulf Coast  (Oct. 21, 6 p.m.) seeking another upset of a top-25 team, the purple-and-gold will be at Stetson (Oct. 23, 11 a.m.), a team hot on the Bisons heels for an A-Sun tournament berth.

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Opponent’s Last Outings

Jacksonville has won four games in a row. Last weekend, the Dolphins shutout Upstate, 3-0 and knocked off ETSU, 2-1. With two goals on the weekend, Jacksonville’s Darko Karamatic earned A-Sun Offensive Player of the Week honors. North Florida lost to ETSU 3-2 in double overtime and dropped a 2-0 decision to Upstate, last weekend. Enrique Haeussler scored both the Ospreys goals during the weekend.

Last Time Against This Weekend’s Opponents

Lipscomb defeated both Jacksonville and North Florida on the road in 2010. The Bisons handled the Dolphins 4-2 behind seven Brent McGee saves and goals from Pettis, Chamberlain, Miguel DaSilva and Garrett McLaughlin. The Bisons took down North Florida 3-2, with DaSilva and McLaughlin scoring again, aided this time by Tyler Burkhardt. McGee made five saves against the Ospreys.

Bisons Continue Dominance of Belmont With 2-1 Victory

Deven Bahadoorsingh’s 81st minute goal lifted Lipscomb past Belmont, keeping the “Battle of the Boulevard” trophy in Allen Arena after a 2-1 win. Nick Bibb scored in the first half, and Garret Pettis assisted on both goals. Pettis now has four goals and three assists in four career games against the Bruins.

McGee Among the Elite

Senior  Brent McGee has been stellar in his final season at Lipscomb. In addition to being third in the conference in saves (48), the Parkersburg, W. Va. native is 36th nationally in the category.