Oct. 22, 2005
Every loss has been tough for the Lady Bisons soccer team this season, but Saturday afternoon's 3-2 overtime loss to Atlantic Sun foe Stetson may have been the hardest one to deal with.
"We played our hearts out," said Lipscomb Coach Jenger Parrish. "This one was the toughest for us. We could taste a win and they yanked it our of our mouths. I give a lot of credit to Stetson. They really battled."
Sparked by the play of midfielder Melissa Chambers, the Lady Bisons held a 2-0 lead in the first period. Two second period goals by Stetson tied the game setting the stage for overtime.
Stetson, closing out their road trip to Nashville, almost won the game 45 seconds into overtime when midfielder Jennifer Hays fired a shot from about 15 yards out that went off the raised hands of Lady Bisons goalkeeper Bethany Copeland and off the cross bar.
Midfielder Kelsey Kramer scored the game winner 1:17 in the overtime with a header off of a corner kick from the left side.
"We've got to quit giving up corner kicks," Parrish said.
Stetson attempted 14 corner kicks. The Lady Bisons had three.
The Lady Bisons have been hampered by injuries all season. Chambers is one of the walking wounded.
"Melissa is an amazing player," Parrish said. "She is smooth and composed on the field. She is a very, very skilled player.
"She has been hurt all year, but she is trying to play through it. When we get her in the right place she can take advantage of the situation."
On her first goal she found an opening from about 18 yards. Her kick rolled in past Stetson goalkeeper April Eilering. She was assisted on the play by Emily Hardin at 32:44.
Chambers second goal started out in a similar way. Chambers shot from about 18 yards out. The ball bounced off the outstretched hands of Eilering. Chambers, following her up her, kicked the loose ball into the net at 34:16.
It was the second two-goal game for Chambers this season. She also had seven shots, with four shots on goal, both game highs.
Stetson came alive in the second period. Copeland blocked a shot. The rebound of the block bounced around until forward Sarah Stock came in and kicked the ball into the net from about 10 yards out at 63:40.
At 79:14 Kelly Kuenning found the net from about 25 yards out. The ball barely cleared the out-stretched arms of Copeland.
Copeland made six saves. Stetson recorded 26 shots, nine of them shots on goal. Eilering made four saves. The Lady Bisons made 11 shots, six on goal.
The Lady Bisons are 0-16, 0-8-0 in the A-Sun. Stetson is 6-11, 2-6-0 in the conference.