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Lady Bisons close out season with strong performance in loss to Murray State
Kate Spellman
Kate Spellman

Friday, October 31, 2008

Lipscomb’s Lady Bisons missed an opportunity for a team record, but two players did manage to tie individual records Friday night in a 2-1 loss to Murray State at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

“We are definitely moving in the right direction,” said second-year Lipscomb coach Jon Ireland. “We have a lot of the team coming back. Hopefully, we have laid a foundation where we can really get better. I think everyone is looking forward to next year.

“This was disappointing, but we played well enough to win the game. It was nice to end the season on a high not like this because of how hard we worked and the way we played.”

It was the final game of the season for the Lady Bisons who needed one more win to set a new program record for victories in a season. Murray State, this season’s Ohio Valley Conference Champion, was an unlikely victim. But for a little more than 75 minutes the Lady Bisons were in control.

Both teams failed to score in the first half.

In the second half Lipscomb forward Halie Proffitt scored her fifth goal of the season, tying the record for goals in a season set by Melissa Chambers in 2005.

Forward Kate Spellman assisted on the play at the 70:21 mark of the first half. That assist was the sixth of the year for Spellman, tying the record of six set by midfielder Sara Green during the 2006 season.

“Both Halie and Katie have been keys for us offensively all year,” said Ireland. “It was neat to see them hook up.

“Kate has been dangerous all year by constantly causing havoc with defenders. She is so good at changing speeds and getting behind defenders. And I thought Halie had one of her better games of the year in terms of her work ethic, how hard she worked off the ball and what she did with the ball.”

Melissa Curry tied the game for Murray State at 75:24. Krista Muilkens scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 82:57. Rebekah Clay assisted on both goals.

“I thought in the second half we outplayed them,” said Ireland. “We have been consistently better this season with our effort in every game. This is a team that is very good and very well-coached.

“We really put the pressure on them in the second half. We were so close to getting a second goal. There were several close calls but we couldn’t quite finish. When they scored their first goal it changed the momentum.”

Goalkeeper Katie Shelton donned her yellow shoes one last time in goal and turned back 13 shots. Murray State had 25 shot attempts, 15 were shots on goal.

The Lady Bisons made 17 shot attempts with nine shots on goal. Proffitt led with a game-high tying five shots.

The Lady Bisons ended the season with a 4-13-3 record. Murray State is 12-5-2.

Green and Shelton were honored as part of “Senior” Night festivities.