Sunday afternoon in the final round of the Bulldog Invitational hosted by South Carolina State in Orangeburg the Lady Bisons beat The Citadel 3-0. All three goals were scored in the first half.
“We jumped all over them,” Lady Bisons’ coach Jon Ireland said. “We were frustrated with Friday night’s game (2-0 vs. South Carolina St.). We should have scored five or six goals, but we were extremely unlucky.
“Against The Citadel we just continued to play by putting them under tremendous pressure. We out worked them. One of the challenges I have given the team is not to get out worked by the other team.”
The Lady Bisons, 4-4 in preconference play, have won three games by shutouts, all on Sundays.
“It was great to get another shutout,” Ireland said. “I wanted us to come out and play with confidence to get us ready for conference play against Kennesaw State Friday.
“We had never won four games in preconference before. But we still don’t have any depth right now. We only had two subs against The Citadel.”
Freshman Tatjana Shirley scored twice to lead the Lady Bisons with goals at 19:48 and 32:19.
“Tatjana got in behind Citadel’s defense,” Ireland said. “The goalkeeper came out and Tatjana flipped it over her head to put the ball in the open net.
“On her second goal she scored from 30 yards out with her left foot. It was a great shot.”
Shirley has responded to a position change. She started the season as an outside midfielder, but her natural position is attacking midfielder.
“We have put her at center forward and she has changed our whole offense,” Ireland said. “She is a very talented player. She created tons of opportunities for us Friday night. Against The Citadel she was constantly involved again.”
On the third goal at 34:44 Kelsey Reiman hit a free kick from about 40 yards that hit the cross bar.
“Kelsey crushed the ball,” Ireland said. “The ball bounced to Kate Spellman and she kicked it in.”
The Lady Bisons attempted 14 shots, eight shots on goal. The Citadel tried 12 shots, four on goal.
The Citadel, 2-3-1, was coming off a 4-0 win over Alabama State in the first round of the Bulldog Classic.
“The Citadel was very physical,” Ireland said. “They had a lot of size. They were fit. They were organized.
“But we scored early. Our pressure really got to them. They turned the ball over a lot. We played really well.”
Katie Woods, Martika Powe and Shirley were named to the all-tournament team.
The Lady Bisons open up the Atlantic Sun portion of the schedule Friday at 5 when Kennesaw State visits. Sunday at noon Mercer visits the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.