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Friday, August 22, 2008
Lipscomb Bisons soccer coach Charles Morrow got a chance to look at several of his new players in action on a muggy Friday night in an exhibition game with Christian Brothers at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Morrow played 26 players in the 1-0 loss to Christian Brothers.
"I wish the game had been longer," said Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow. "I could have gotten a better look at some of the newer players.
"We didn't like the outcome, but we got exactly what we needed out of the game. I was somewhat pleased with our possession of the ball. But we need to play smarter in the defensive third and we need to make better decisions in the attacking third. And those are two different games."
Freshmen Patrick Walsh and Brent McGee each played one half in goal. Walsh played the first half. Walsh faced nine shots in the first half, with only one shot on goal. He was credited with the Bisons only save of the game.
Brent McGee allowed the goal at the 47:32 mark of the game. Midfielder Zach Tubinis took a shot from approximately 10 feet out from the right side for what proved to be the game winning goal in the second half. Forward Rasaq Kuteyi and midfielder Brandon Van Cleave both were credited with assists.
"I don't think Brent letting in the goal says much about the way he played," Morrow said. "Christian Brothers capitalized on our mistake and set up a one versus one situation."
The Bisons attempted four shots on goal against Christian Brothers goalkeeper Daniel Foster. Garrett Pettis, Miguel DaSilva, T.J. Williams and Angel Chairez each had one shot on goal.
Chairez and Pettis each attempted five shots as the Bisons out shot Christian Brothers 23-9.
"I think the shot total is a little misleading when you look at the quality of our chances," Morrow said. "We had some quality chances. We looked good until we hit the attacking third and then we ran out of ideas.
"We had some freshmen playing scared and timid which is understandable. But some of our experienced players were a little lax in their sense of urgency."
Morrow singled out midfielder Andre Santos and midfielder Josh Lind, both freshmen for the quality of their play. But he found little else to get excited about.
"I don't feel like we had a good showing from the guys we are looking to step up and play consistently," Morrow said.
The Bisons will start working on preparations for next week's "Soccer for a Cure" Classic at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Bisons will face Gardner-Webb Friday night at 4:30 and play Winthrop Sunday in the second round at 11 a.m.