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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Oct. 11, 2007
The Bisons soccer team has doubled its Atlantic Sun victory total from last season, winning their second game of the year with a 2-1 decision over visiting Mercer Thursday night.
It was the first back-to-back A-Sun wins for the Bisons who defeated Gardner-Webb on the road 2-1 in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Senior forward Ben Page gave the Bisons the lead at the 37:17 mark of the first period as he scored off a header.
Mercer came back to tie the game at 43:38 when Jaime Villacis scored on a breakaway after the ball was deflected off of a defender.
The Bisons got what proved to be the game winner at the 70:19 mark of the second half when senior midfielder Kevin Terry blasted a shot from 40 yards out.
"Mercer's goalkeeper plays off the line and their back line plays high up," said Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow. "We had been working on long range shooting this week because we knew how they like to play.
"I thought he would place his shot more. He just fired a bomb. It wouldn't have mattered where the goalkeeper was on that shot."
The Bisons are 3-6-2 overall, 2-1-1 in the A-Sun. Mercer fell to 5-8, 1-4 in the conference.
"I told our players to stick to our game plan," Morrow said. "There were some situations in the second half when we didn't."
Morrow praised the defensive effort of the Bisons, especially on how they dealt with Mercer's Vicente Arze, who had an assist on the lone goal by the visitors.
"We did a great job on No. 8 for Mercer," Morrow said. "He is one of the best players in the conference."
The Bisons out-shot Mercer 13-6.
Terry led the Bisons with two shots on goal. They had four shots on goal as a team.
Bisons senior goalkeeper Jake Goergen only needed to make one save as Mercer was hold to just two shots on goal.
Mercer goalkeeper David Bird made two saves.
The homestand continues for the Bisons Saturday afternoon at 2 when Campbell visits.
"We told our players after the game that the weekend is not over," Morrow said. "Campbell is a very solid team with several special players."
Morrow is also concerned about how his team will react to the brief winning streak.
"It is very important how we handle wins," Morrow said. "Our players weren't happy splitting games on the road last weekend.