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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Nov. 13, 2007

A lot of games have been played since Lipscomb and Belmont played to a 0-0 tie in front of a record crowd of more than 1,820 fans at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex Sept. 28.

Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow expects that experience and some transitions in personnel on both teams to offer an interesting sequel in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

Game time is 3 p.m. CT.

"They have the same players, but they have changed tactically how they will line up against us formation-wise," said Morrow. "We expect to see some changes. It will be interesting to see how they handle us defensively."

The Bisons, 5-11-3, 4-3-2 in the A-Sun, enter the game, their first ever tournament appearance, as the No. 4 seed. Belmont, 7-9-2, 3-5-1, is the No. 5 seed.

"Belmont will be tough because they are so physical and so direct and play such a different style than we would like to play," Morrow said. "It's a very disruptive style. When they win the ball they look for get it forward. We fully anticipate that."

Every game has been a "must win" game for the Bisons this season. Even though this game is in a tournament setting Morrow sees no reason to put any extra emphasis on it.

"It's nice to go to the tournament," Morrow said. "From our seniors to our freshmen it is something they have wanted to do. We have ourselves with a decent seed.

"The way we have dealt with it is it is a whole new season. Nothing we have done in the past this season counts for anything. As far as our preparation it has been like every other game."

Morrow thinks it is counterproductive to dwell on the importance of the game.

"Our guys are probably going to be playing better if they are loose," Morrow said. "It is a big game for us, but every game we have played this season was the biggest game we had played all year.

"Our feeling is if we start to approach it differently from other games we are setting ourselves up for a loss. I don't see any need to treat it any differently. There is going to be enough pressure anyway."

All-Conference honors: Senior forward Ben Page was named First Team All-Conference, the first Bisons player to achieve that honor.

Freshman forward Miguel DaSilva was named Second-Team All-Conference and was a unanimous selection by the conference coaches and sports information directors for a spot on the A-Sun All-Freshman Team.

The game: The Bisons are making their first ever appearance in the Atlantic Sun Soccer Tournament in coach Charles Morrow's third year as head coach.

Lipscomb and Belmont form one of the more heated rivalries in any conference since the teams are located only a few blocks away on the same street.

The Florida version of the "Battle of the Boulevard" is a rematch. Neither team scored in a 0-0 tie

Historic season: The Bisons have qualified for their first ever berth in the Atlantic Sun Tournament.

They have four conference victories this season tying last season's all-time best for the program in conference games. The victories were all in a row, a school record four-game winning streak.

The Bisons had twice won two conference games, with wins over Jacksonville and Florida Atlantic in 2003 and wins over Gardner-Webb and Jacksonville in 2005.

Player of the Week:Freshman forward Miguel DaSilva helped ensure the Bisons of their spot in the tournament with four goals in two games leading the Bisons to a win and a tie, both on the road, and securing his first Atlantic Sun Player of the Week Award for Oct. 22.

Hat trick: Miguel DaSilva scored three goals, all in the first half, in a 3-3 tie Oct. 21 at Stetson. He is the first Lipscomb soccer player since midfielder Scott Mason, serving this season as a graduate assistant coach, scored a school record four goals in a 7-0 win over Centenary Oct. 23, 2005.

DaSilva has scored nine goals this season, a new school record for most goals in a season. Ben Page had seven goals in 2006.

DaSilva had to wait a year to get on the field and to get his favorite number, No. 10, but he is making the most of his opportunities this season.

He is rated 48th nationally in goals per game.

He is third in the A-Sun in goals and are tied for third in goals per game.

Turn the Page: Senior forward Ben Page is secondin the conference in shots with 63 and second in shots per game with 3.71.

Goergen in goal: Senior goalkeeper Jake Goergen is first in the conference in saves with 99 and third in saves per game with 5.21.

He is also tied for sixth in shutouts with three.

In NCAA Division I Goergen is ranked 19th nationally in saves.