Bisons Set to Close Out 2011 Regular Season Against Mercer
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
By Colby Wilson
Bisons Set to Close Out 2011 Regular Season Against Mercer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s soccer team closes out its regular season with an Atlantic Sun Tournament berth on the line against Mercer, in a rare Thursday battle scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Lipscomb will host the Bears on Senior Night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

The Bisons (4-11-2, 3-4-0 in the A-Sun) sits fourth in the conference entering the season’s final weekend. Lipscomb and Belmont (fifth in the A-Sun standings) each host Mercer (7-6-2, 2-3-1 in the A-Sun) for their only matches of the weekend.

Although five teams are vying for the final three spots in the A-Sun tournament, Lipscomb is in the best position to gain entry going into the weekend. With a victory or tie against Mercer, the Bisons will clinch a spot in the conference tournament.

Lipscomb’s offense has primarily come from senior Garret Pettis (eight goals) and sophomore Nick Bibb (five goals); combined, the duo has scored 13 of the Bisons 23 goals.

Mercer is not a high scoring offense (19 goals in 15 games, seventh in the A-Sun), but makes up for that on the defensive end. The Bears are tied with Florida Gulf Coast for fewest goals allowed with 16; keeper Greg Ranjitsingh sports a 1.03 GAA and enters Thursday’s match with seven shutouts.

Will Betts (5 goals, 2 assists) leads the offensive attack for the Bears.

Prior to the game, Lipscomb will honor seniors Andrew Chamberlain, Drew Longinotti, Brent McGee, Evan McGee and Pettis for their contributions to the program.

If all goes well this weekend, the Bisons will spend the next 10 days preparing for the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, which kicks off Nov. 9 in Johnson City, Tenn.

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Opponent’s Last Outings

Mercer set itself up for a run to the A-Sun tournament by earning four points over the weekend. Wednesday, Oct. 19 the Bears played to a scoreless draw with USC Upstate; Ranjitsingh made six saves for a crucial point. Saturday, Ranjitsingh earned another shutout, his third in a row, and freshman Carl-Oscar Andersson scored in the 79th minute for the win.

Last Time Against This Weekend’s Opponents

Early goals (a second-minute tally by Richie Edmondson) and late (in the 78th minute from Will Betts) gave Mercer a 2-0 win against the Bears on Oct. 28, 2010. Brent McGee made one save. Chamberlain led the offense, taking four of Lipscomb’s sixteen shots, but none got past Mercer’s Brett Petricek, who made six saves.

S. McGee Goal Not Enough in Lipscomb Loss at Stetson

Freshman Shea McGee scored his first career goal just before the end of the half, but two second-half tallies from Stetson’s Jonathan Mendoza gave the Hatters a 3-1 victory. Stetson clinched its spot in the A-Sun tournament, while Lipscomb still sits in fourth with one game to play.

Longinotti scores, But Lipscomb Falls at FGCU

Senior Drew Longinotti netted his season’s first goal and his first since 2009, but Gulf Coast’s Andres Navas put away the game-winning goal in the 67th minute. Gulf Coast outshot the Bisons 17-5.