Memories of last season’s meeting with Presbyterian College were anything but sweet for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons soccer team.
While they were not able to avenge last year’s 6-0 loss to Presbyterian with a victory Friday night, they did hold on for a 2-0 loss with a depleted roster playing on a soggy field at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“We were out-shot 30-2 by them last season,” said second-year Lipscomb coach Jon Ireland. “Last year we didn’t have a chance against them.”
This time around the Lady Bisons held Presbyterian to 29 shots, 10 shots on goal. The Lady Bisons attempted 12 shots, with seven shots on goal.
It was the first win in four games for Presbyterian.
“Our players have held up well,” Ireland said. “Defensively we are a lot more organized in terms of limiting shots. A lot of the shots we are giving up are from far out.
“We have been stressing not giving up quality shots. We have been able to fight until the end.”
The Lady Bisons have been without some key players for various reasons. They have lost all three games they have played, but Ireland has been pleased with the effort.
“We played 11 players for 90 minutes,” Ireland said. “That is the second time this season we have only played 11. I’m very excited about the progress we have made in three games with the roster we have had.”
Alicia Keel gave Presbyterian a 1-0 lead at 27:43 of the first half. Lytle Cannon, who assisted on Keel’s goal, scored an unassisted goal at 86:40.
Sarah Brummett, filling in as goaltender in the first three games, stopped seven shots. The team was credited with an additional save.
Sophomore forward Kate Spellman led the Lady Bisons with four shots, including one shot on goal. Freshman midfielder Danielle Bethke and sophomore forward Leah Scruggs each had two shots on goal.
“Kate Spellman played incredibly well,” said Ireland. “She was basically our offense in terms of creating everything we had. She has done well in all three games.”
Ireland also had praise for Bethke and her freshman teammates - defender April Horner, forward Meghan McGuire and forward Kirsten Heikkinen.
“Those four freshmen have played 90 minutes in all three games,” Ireland said. “They have all done very well considering they have been thrown into everything quickly. They really stepped up.”
Sunday afternoon at 2 the Lady Bisons will play host to Tennessee-Chattanooga at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. Ireland expects several players to be back on the field, providing more depth.
“Chattanooga: has their whole team coming back from last season,” Ireland said. “They have also added some new and talented players.
“One of the things we have talked about is giving ourselves a chance. In every single game we have given ourselves a chance. We’ll go out against Chattanooga and see what happens.”