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Sunday, September 05, 2010A season opening game is always a challenge for a team. Playing more than half that game with one man less than the other team is certainly not ideal.
In the 41st minute of Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to host Southern Methodist in the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas the Lipscomb Bisons lost defender Garrett McLaughlin who received a red card.
“Things could have gone a lot better with another man,” Bisons coach Charles Morrow said. “It certainly changes things.
“But I thought the guys responded well. In some ways it helped us to sort some things out defensively. Our markings and our shifting defensively improved so much because the guys knew they were going to have to put the work in to cover for the extra guy.”
The Bisons gave up two goals in the first half, but came back to cut the lead to one in the second half before SMU responded with its third goal of the game in front of 466 fans at Westcott Field.
SMU attempted 11 shots in the first half and 10 in the second. But only six of those were shots on goal.
The Bisons had two shots in the first half and three shots in the second. Andrew Chamberlain, Angel Chairez and Garret Pettis each had one shot on goal for the Bisons. Chamberlain led the team with three shots overall.
“We played a lot better in the second half,” Morrow said. “One of the things we can take from the game is we can’t get caught up with stuff off of the ball."
SMU struck at the 3:04 mark of the first half on a shot by Robbie Derschang from 16 yards out.
“We didn’t start off great,” Morrow said. “Giving up a goal in the first five minutes is not good.
“We have to bring the defensive intensity early. If we do we are going to have a lot more success. Once we were able to sort ourselves out defensively we were able to play a lot better.”
At 26:36 SMU struck again when Zach Barnes put in a chip shot from the edge of the six-yard box that went just inside the post. In the second half Pettis scored the lone goal for the Bisons when he kicked in a loose ball from about one foot out at 65:54.
A.J. Corrardo closed out the scoring for SMU with a shot from 18 yards out off of a free kick with less than six minutes left to play.
The Bisons will play Tulsa Monday at noon to close out the tournament. Austin Neil scored all three goals as Tulsa beat Seattle Saturday in the first round.
“We got the chance to see Tulsa play,” Morrow said. “They are big and fast and strong. They are a very talented team. It will be a challenge for us, but I think it is also a team we can find some success against.”
Defensively, the Bisons will have to be ready to go from the starting buzzer.
“Tulsa has very technical players as well,” Morrow said. “They do an outstanding job of finding their forwards early. A key to the game for us is to make sure their forwards are accounted for and that we are tight on our marking. We have to make it difficult for their forwards to receive the ball.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.