Oct. 19, 2007
.There was a deafening silence. It was as if time stood still for a few seconds.
Then there was anguish followed by uncontrollable tears.
Friday night a Lady Bisons soccer team that has made so many historic moments this season just missed on adding another chapter.
With 1:07 left to play in the second overtime Stetson's Tessa Gavilsky put a shot past Lady Bisons goalkeeper Katie Shelton for the win in an Atlantic Sun game at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
"I told our players at the start of overtime that we were going to play to win it," said Lipscomb coach Jon Ireland. "I told them if we lose, we will lose because we gave it all that we had. I did that to send them the message that we weren't going to be happy with 0-0 ties anymore.
"We could have played a lot more defense and earned the tie. We had a couple of dangerous chances in the second overtime.
It was a hard luck game for the Lady Bisons. What appeared to be a goal in regulation by freshman forward Halie Proffitt was nullified for offsides. Proffitt had a chance in the double overtime when her shot hit the cross bar as she shot from approximately eight feet out. And the corner shot that followed also narrowly missed sparking a goal. The Lady Bisons out-shot Stetson 6-3 in the overtime periods.
"I told our players before the start of the first overtime to just give ourselves a chance to win," said Ireland. "Sometimes it's just a matter of luck. We hit a crossbar and then miss off of the corner kick and they do down and score a minute later."
The Lady Bisons were out shot 34-11, but it wasn't the quantity that counted as much as the quality. The Lady Bisons had six shots on goal. Stetson made 14.
Proffitt was credited with a season-high seven shots, including four shots on goal.
Shelton had an outstanding game with 13 saves.
Stetson's goaltender Andrea Garavaglia made six saves for the shutout.
"Stetson had a lot of size," Ireland said. "They dominated the air balls. It is hard to compete when you don't win the headers. We had a hard time staying with them because of their size."
The Lady Bisons are 3-10-1 overall, 1-4-1 in the A-Sun. Stetson is 5-8-1 overall, 3-4-0 in the conference.
The Lady Bisons have another quick turnaround as they face visiting Florida Gulf Coast Sunday at noon.
"We will watch film Saturday," Ireland said. "We have to want to keep working. What is most encouraging is the heart we are playing with now. If you take out last Sunday's loss at Kennesaw State it has been amazing the difference between now and the start of the season."