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9/8/2013 | Dayton, OH | Attendance: 848
Sunday, September 08, 2013
DAYTON, OHIO- After starting the season 2-0 the Bisons (2-1-0) stumbled against Dayton on Sunday 2-0 for their first loss of the season. With the win the Flyers improve to 3-0-0 and earned the right to be crowned tournament champions.
The Flyers upended the Bisons win streak after scoring both goals on set pieces.
In the first two games of the season the Bisons defense did not allow a goal until late in the second half. On Sunday the Flyers struck early with a goal just 4:52 into the game.
Switzerland native, Abe Keller put the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Eddie Jones and John Howe assisted on the score. The goal would be all the Flyers needed to win the game.
Most teams might get down after allowing an early goal, but head coach Charles Morrow believes differently. “I don’t think it hurt us in a negative way,” Morrow said. “If anything it gave us more motivation to play harder as a team.
“Dayton is a very good team, very physical. They looked to impose their will on us early attacking wise.”
A theme early in the season for the Purple and Gold has been not capitalizing on opportunities when they present themselves. On Sunday that theme continued as the Bisons outshot their opponent for the third-consecutive game this season.
“We have to get better in our scoring production,” said Morrow. “We had plenty of chances this afternoon and outshot them as a team, we just didn’t capitalize.”
“As a group and as a staff we have to work and do a better job with our forwards. We have to get better at attacking from the midfield.”
Matt Kerridge and Omar Djabi led the Bisons with three shot attempts each but neither found the net.
In the second half Keller scored his second goal of the game, third of the season, on a free kick from the left side of the goal 25-yards out.
Even after losing 2-0 Morrow feels it was a much closer game.
“We can walk away from this game knowing Dayton was a beatable team,” said Morrow. “The score didn’t show just how close this game actually was.”
The Bisons will have to put this game in the rearview mirror as they play in the Mafioza's Invitational hosted by Belmont next weekend.
“We leave this weekend feeling still feeling confident,” Morrow said. “We feel there is some promise with this team moving into the fall.
“As a team we have to understand it’s a process and this (losing) is a part of it. We can take away some valuable lessons from today’s game.”
When the game was over, four Bisons found their way onto the All-Tournament team. Kerridge, Djabi, Luke Gearin and Zander El-Hindi were awarded for their excellent play this weekend. Christopher Lenning of Dayton was named tournament M.V.P.
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