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Sunday, October 28, 2007
Oct. 28, 2007
The Bisons closed out their Atlantic Sun schedule with a 3-0 loss Sunday afternoon to North Florida at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The loss solidified the Bisons as the No. 4 seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
Lipscomb is 5-8-3, 4-3-2 in the A-Sun. North Florida is 7-8-0, 5-4-0 in the conference.
The Bisons out shot North Florida 22-19. They also held a 9-6 edge in shots on goal.
The final home game of the season is Wednesday at 4 when Evansville visits.
Seven seniors were honored prior to the start of the game.
Bsbak Abouzar is a defender from Mesquite, Texas, majoring in management. Abouzar is Lipscomb's first ever junior college transfer and has made a solid transition into NCAA Div. I soccer.
"Babak has been a stalwart defender this year and has stepped up to provide much needed support in the back," said Bisons coach Charles Morrow. " A vocal presence, Babak has prided himself on being one of the best one versus one defenders in the conference.
"This year he has had career highs in games started, shots, and assists. Babak's has challenged his teammates to be better players and will be missed as our chaplain on the road."
Jeff Boynton is a defender from Murfreesboro, Tenn., majoring in history with an emphasis teaching. Boynton has started over 50 games for the Bison. A converted forward, Jeff has excelled in the defense for Lipscomb being a part of the five-game unbeaten streak this year.
"Jeff has been pivotal in helping Lipscomb earn its first birth to the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament with his tough play," Morrow said. "Jeff has been a great locker room personality and is a team leader."
Boynton scored three goals as a freshman but Boynton's best goal came last year against cross town rival Belmont when he intercepted a pass and took the goalie one-versus-one to secure a 2-0 Bison victory.
"A hard-nosed defender, Jeff will be missed in the back and not easily replaced," Morrow said.
Jake Goergen is a goalkeeper from Kingsland, Ga,, majoring in health and P.E. with an emphasis in teaching.
He has been named to the Atlantic Sun All Academic Team in 2005 and 2006. Jake is second in all-time career minutes played for the Bisons. He is third in all-time career saves. This year Jake has posted two shutouts and has saved an incredible three out of four penalty kicks. Goergen is second in conference saves, averaging almost six per game and second in overall saves, posting 45 through eight games played.
"Jake has had a solid year in goal for the Bison and has established himself as a leader on and off the field," Morrow said.
Ben Page, a forward from Woodstock, Ga., has won a number of honors.
He was the first freshman in school history to be named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team in 2003. Page was the first and only Bison to be awarded a second team all-Atlantic Sun Conference selection, an award he earn in 2005 and 2006. This year he was the first Bison to be named to preseason All-Conference Team.
Page holds a number of single season and career offensive records for the Bisons including single season records for most goals, assists, points and shots taken in a season.
Page has scored over 15 goals for the Bison and holds the all-time career goal record. He also is the all time career assist holder with over 10 assists. Ben also has the all-time career points record. He holds the Bisons all-time record for matches started with 64.
He is fourth in the conference for most goals with four and fifth in the conference for most points per game averaging 1.3.
"Ben has been a tremendous player for the Bisons," Morrow said. "He holds every offensive record for the Bisons and his records will be a benchmark for years to come."
Jorge Suarez is a forward from Nashville majoring in Spanish.
A fan favorite, Saurez has played in over 53 games as a Bison. He has had a solid career playing forward and outside midfield for Lipscomb. Averaging more than five points a year, he has consistently contributed offensively in his four- year tenure.
" He has been a spark up top this year and a dangerous threat when healthy," Morrow said.
Kevin Terry is a midfielder from Carrollton, Texas, majoring in health and P.E. with an emphasis in teaching.
Terry scored the first game winning goal for the Bisons under Coach Morrow in 2005 against Trevecca. Terry has continued his clutch play throughout his career, notching over 5 game winning goals in four years.
This year Terry has been instrumental In the Bisons tournament berth by scoring an amazing goal against conference rival Campbell.
Terry ranks third all-time as the Bisons assists leader and sixth all-time points leader. Terry has started in over 55 games as a midfielder for the Bisons.
"A tough competitor Terry has battled through injuries and positioned himself as one of the most dependable, consistent midfielders to ever play for the Bisons," Morrow said.
Xander Vooys is a defender from Hendersonville, Tenn., majoring in management.
Vooys is second in all-time career matches started for the Bisons, third all time in career shots and ranks third for single season assists.
As a freshman Vooys played forward and recorded four goals of the team's nine total goals for the season. Vooys has been an impact player up top, in the midfield and most recently in the back. He recorded his last goal this year against USC-Upstate unassisted from 30 yards out.
"Xander had a season ending injury against Gardner-Webb this year," Morrow said. "His positive attitude and selflessness has been inspirational this season. Xander has all the qualities a coach would want in a player and will continue to find success on and off the field in years to come. "