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Lady Bisons seeking second A-Sun win in a row
Meghan McGuire
Meghan McGuire

Saturday, October 03, 2009

THE SERIES: The Lady Bisons will be out to win their second A-Sun game in a row Sunday afternoon at 1 when they face ETSU at 1 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

The Lady Bisons (3-8-0, 1-2-0) beat USC Upstate Friday night 4-1. ETSU (2-9-0, 1-2-0) lost at Belmont Friday night.

The Lady Bisons set a number of program records Friday night in their 4-1 win over USC Upstate at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex Friday night.

The four goals were the most ever scored by the Lady Bisons in an A-Sun game. The three-goal victory also marked the first time the Lady Bisons have won an A-Sun game by more than one goal. It was the first time in coach Jon Ireland’s three-year stint with the Lady Bisons that his team has won any game by more than one goal.

The Lady Bisons first two victories season were 1-0 decisions. The most victories the Lady Bisons have earned in a season are four.

MORE TALENTED BY THE DOZEN:The Lady Bisons are young, but they are talented thanks to the addition of 12 freshmen _ goalkeepers Erin Zerio and Ally Marler; defenders Katie Wood, Kameron Stilwell, Andie Thornton, Ashley Duggins, Courtney Williams and Katie Wood; forwards Emily Longden, Amber Evaniuk and Hope Proffitt and midfielder Martika Powe.

Six of the freshmen are starting: Marler, Powe, Wood, Stilwell, Longden and Summers.

NET CHALLENGE: With the departure of Katie Shelton through graduation the goalkeeper’s spot is being held down by two freshmen. Coach Jon Ireland started the season splitting playing time each game between Erin Zerio and Ally Marler.

In the last four games Marler has started and played the complete 90 minutes. She is 1-3 in those games. The pair has teamed for two shutouts, stopping Austin Peay 1-0 and Troy 1-0.

Marler is fifth overall in the conference in saves (44) and fifth in saves per game (4.00). She is 10th in goals against average (2.27).

FIRST-TIME SCORERS: Freshman Andie Thornton, sophomore Danielle Bethke, freshman Katie Wood, freshman Emily Longden, sophomore Kirsten Heikkinen and sophomore Meghan McGuire all have scored their first collegiate goals this season.

Thornton, a reserve, has two goals this season. She and Kate Spellman are the only Lady Bisons with multiple goals.

SPELLMAN ON THE OFFENSIVE: Junior forward Kate Spellman had two goals in the win over USC Upstate. She has three goals for the season, tying her for 10th overall in the conference.

She is tied for fourth in game-winning goals with two.

Last season she led the Lady Bisons with six assists and 14 points. She tied for the goal lead with four. In addition to her three goals this season she has two assists and eight points.

IN THE POLLS: The Lady Bisons were picked to finish 10th in the Atlantic Sun Preseason Poll. The conference coaches voted the Lady Bisons one point ahead of USC Upstate which was ranked 11th.

NEXT UP: The Lady Bisons will have Georgia on their mind next weekend when they stop in Kennesaw, Ga., to face Kennesaw State Friday night at 6. They will move to Macon, Ga., Sunday to play Mercer at 1 p.m.