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Lady Bisons want to change history against UTM

Thursday, August 26, 2010

No one wearing a Lipscomb Lady Bisons soccer uniform this season knows what it is like to beat the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks.

In fact, no one on the team knows what it is like to score a goal against the Skyhawks. When the Lady Bisons meet the Skyhawks Friday night at 7 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex they will be out to end a 5-0 losing streak in the series, including four consecutive shutouts.

Tennessee-Martin holds a 6-1-1 series advantage.

“It is a very dangerous team because of the weapons it has offensively,” Lady Bisons coach Jon Ireland said. “We have to be sure we are ready for that challenge. We are excited about it.”

The Lady Bisons are 1-1, losing 1-0 Monday night at Austin Peay. The Skyhawks are 0-1-1. Their last outing was 2-2 tie at Arkansas State. Both goals were scored by junior Rosaelia Loza, a transfer from Louisburg College in North Carolina.

Putting enough healthy players on the field remains a problem for the Lady Bisons at the start of the season. Ireland is hopeful that he will have at least two reserves available.

“We are trying to manage the girls well throughout the week,” Ireland said. “We are going very light in practice. We are making sure they are eating right and drinking the right things.

“We are giving them a lot of rest. We want to make sure they have their legs back for Friday night. The most important thing in practice is getting their energy back.”

The Lady Bisons are home again Sunday afternoon at 2 when Jackson State visits. The Lady Bisons will hold a free soccer clinic following the game.

“We are throwing everything into Friday night’s game,” Ireland said. “We are not even talking about Sunday or worrying how many people we will have available.

“We are no better off with our injury situations. Depth and numbers will continue to be a problem for us.”

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.