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Bisons beat Belmont 1-0 in "Battle of the Boulevard"
Garret Pettis
Garret Pettis

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Garret Pettis scored in the first half at 19:11 and the Bisons played a solid defensive game the rest of the way to beat Belmont 1-0 Thursday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex in the “Battle of the Boulevard”.

Lipscomb goalkeeper Patrick Walsh earned his second shutout in a row. He blanked Jacksonville 1-0 Sunday afternoon. Walsh made two saves in the game with Belmont.

“Patrick is eager to continue his progress,” said Morrow. “He is confident and at this time of the year confidence means a lot.”

The Bisons are unbeaten in their last three games, starting with a 2-2 tie Friday with North Florida.

“We are happy with the trend,” said Bisons coach Charles Morrow. “The guys are feeling good about things, but not too good which is a good mindset to be in with conference games wrapping up.”

The Bisons have not lost to Belmont in the last five meetings between the two teams. This is the third time since 2006 that the Bisons have beaten Belmont 1-0.

“I felt like we were a little bit impatient in the attacking third,” said Morrow. “We didn’t play to our strengths. The guys are wound tight in a game like this.

“We scored first and we played safe. All Belmont was hoping for was one mistake on our part. We did a good job of making sure that if we were going to get beat Belmont was going to do it.”

The Bisons had 29 shots, including 11 shots on goal. Andrew Chamberlain led with five shots.

Wes Wray made 10 saves for Belmont.

“We scored first and we played safe,” said Morrow. “It was a good sign for us to show we can hold on and keep a lead. Even though there was emotion, and it was a rivalry game, we need more than a `just good enough effort’. We did just enough to win.

“I think our players would say they are ecstatic to win. They are glad to have the three points. But they know they could have been better.”

The Bisons are 5-8-3 overall, 2-3-2 in the conference. Belmont is 3-11-1, 2-5 in the A-Sun.

Morrow is not confident that the Bisons have positioned themselves for a tournament berth. The Bisons are off this weekend, but they will be doing some scoreboard watching.

“There are a lot of teams out there that still have four games left in the conference,” said Morrow. “We just have three.

“I don’t feel good about where we are at this point. There is still a lot left for us to do to get in. But we are going in the right direction.”