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Bisons invade South Carolina for weekend games
Joey DeRosa
Joey DeRosa

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Lipscomb Bisons are invading South Carolina this weekend for non-conference soccer games against Furman and Wofford in the South Carolina-Tennessee Soccer Challenge.

They will play two teams with contrasting styles. The Bisons (3-3-1) meet Furman (2-2-2) Friday night at 6 and Wofford (2-0-2) Sunday afternoon at 1. Wofford will play Belmont Friday night and then play Furman Sunday.

“Both teams will be good challenges,” said Morrow. “It will be difficult to shift from one to the other. But I think the team is ready. “

Morrow hopes to see a sense of urgency in his team that has often been missing in the early minutes of a game.

“They have played hard in all of the games, but playing hard and playing with sense of urgency are a little bit different,” said Morrow. “We have addressed some of that in training. Our guys have a clearer expectation of what we need to do when we start off a game.”

The Bisons have not beaten Furman in five previous meetings. Last season the Bisons lost to Furman 2-1 in Nashville. Furman comes into the game with a three-game winning streak. Furman is 2-0-1 at home this season.

“We haven’t had too much luck against Furman, but we have gotten closer and closer each year,” said Morrow. “Furman is very quick and fast. Furman is very technical.

“We play a style that is more similar to Furman’s. Hopefully, playing that game first will help us establish ourselves.”

Wofford enters the Belmont game with a two-game winning streak with both victories coming against Atlantic Sun teams.

Wofford beat USC-Upstate 1-0 and Mercer 1-0 in overtime. Wofford has not played a game since Sept. 13, the Mercer win.

“Wofford was improved last season and the word is they are much-improved this season,” said Morrow. “Wofford plays a really direct game. Wofford has some big bodies. It will be a battle.

“Wofford is going to be a much better team than what we saw last year. If we aren’t careful on set pieces and on balls served in it could be a long day for us.”

Morrow plans to start Brent McGee in one game and Patrick Walsh in the other. Joey DeRosa played the second half against Alabama A & M Sunday in a 3-2 win in the Hyatt Place Select Tournament. He gave up one goal and made one save.

“Patrick and Brent continue to be close,” said Morrow. “Joey has narrowed the gap between him and the other two. We thought Joey deserved to play, but we wanted Patrick and Brent to get in some time as well.”

Offensively, Morrow is pleased that his team is creating good chances on offense. But he wants to see them finishing more of their shots.

“We haven’t scored as many goals as we would have liked to in the first part of the season, but things are looking better,” said Morrow. “The goals are going to come.”