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Sunday, October 26, 2008The Lady Bisons closed out the Atlantic Sun portion of the regular season on a sun-splashed fall Sunday afternoon with a 0-0 tie with North Florida in double overtime at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The tie ran the Lady Bisons unbeaten streak against North Florida to two games.
With approximately 2 ½ minutes to go in the second overtime the Lady Bisons appeared to have a victory as forward Kate Spellman shot from the left side, hitting the right post. The Lady Bisons attempted to control the rebound for a second shot, but had the ball deflected.
“That was frustrating to have a chance like that,” said Lady Bisons coach Jon Ireland. “She made a great cut on the defender, placed it and then hit the post. She was so unlucky. Then we get the rebound and it gets deflected.
“I thought we created some really dangerous scoring chances. They had more corner kicks and more shots, but we had quality chances. We really gave ourselves a chance to win.”
The 0-0 tie was the fourth shutout for the Lady Bisons this season. It was also their third shutout in an A-Sun game this season.
“One of the goals this season was to compete better,” said Ireland. “Last year we didn’t really compete. There were some scores that got out of hand. A lot of times at halftime the game was already over. We have competed this year.
“We have also talked all year about limiting quality shots. In all the games, even the ones we lost, we were so much more organized. That has kept us in every game. We had a very good defensive game again.”
Coming off a 2-0 loss Friday night to Jacksonville in which the offense produced only one shot on goal, Ireland stressed the need for more shot production against North Florida.
The Lady Bisons had five shots on goal, two by forward Brandi Besheres. They attempted 11 shots overall.
“Offensively, we are still struggling,” said Ireland. “I think that will probably come through recruiting better offensive players.”
North Florida had 29 shot attempts with 13 shots on goal.
Lady Bisons’ goalkeeper Katie Shelton was credited with 13 saves, adding to her career record in the Atlantic Sun for saves.
The Lady Bisons have two regular season games remaining, traveling Wednesday to Tennessee Tech and closing out the season at home Friday night at 6:30 against Murray State.
Friday will also be “Senior” Night with Shelton and midfielder Sara Green to be honored with their families.
“We would like to have five wins this season,” said Ireland. “We are going to take Monday off and regroup Tuesday.”
The Lady Bisons are 4-11-3 overall, 2-6-2 in the A-Sun, their best finish in terms of points in the history of the program. North Florida slipped to 6-10-2 overall, 3-5-1 in the conference.