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Monday, August 31, 2009The Lipscomb Bisons soccer team opens the regular season at home Tuesday night at 5 when Berry College visits.
The game will be played at the practice field at the corner of Caldwell Lane and Franklin Pike. The field is located next to Cofer’s Chapel at 3915 Franklin Pike. This will be the last home game for the Bisons until the Hyatt Place Select Tournament beginning Sept. 18.
“The regular field is not ready,” said Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow. “We are a little bit spoiled as far as the playing surface goes. We have one of the better surfaces in the conference. Rather than risk tearing up our field before it is ready we are taking the precaution of moving some early games.
“The practice field is the better surface of the two right now. It is a non-issue. The guys are ready to play somebody else.”
The game will also be the regular season opener for Berry. They played Emory to a 0-0 tie Saturday in an exhibition game. The Bisons fell 2-1 to Louisville Aug. 22 in an exhibition.
“Berry has had a pretty strong soccer history,” said Morrow. “They have just transitioned from NAIA to NCAA Division III. When you look at who has coached there and what their players have done they have a very strong program.
“It is a good game for us to try to establish who we are and how we are going to play. Berry will be a good challenge for us. They do some things that will test us.”
The team at this stage is still a work in progress for Morrow. In an exhibition game with Louisville several players had the opportunity to try some new positions. Morrow stressed that versatility is one of the keys to his recruiting.
“When we go out and look for players there are certainly years where we need a forward or we need someone in the back,” said Morrow. “But we had rather take the best players we can find over just finding a position player. We have guys that could play anywhere.
“Jeremy Reid played great against Louisville. He could play anywhere in the back or anywhere in the midfield. And you could throw him up top as a forward and he would be fine.”
Morrow is still looking at the starting line-up. The offense will be centered around forward Miguel DaSilva, the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year. Defensively, Kezi Lara, a preseason All-Conference selection, will be the anchor.
“We are looking forward to getting things underway,” said Morrow. “We could use more time to get ready, but we are looking forward to playing.”