The Lipscomb Lady Bisons did not attempt a shot against Mercer in a 4-0 Atlantic Sun shutout Sunday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
The loss dropped the Lady Bisons to 4-6, 0-2 in the A-Sun. Mercer is 3-5-1, 2-0 in the conference.
“This was the first time I could say this season that we got out-worked and out-hustled,” Lady Bisons’ coach Jon Ireland said. “We were definitely physically tired.
“But because of our injuries and low numbers no one is going to feel sorry for us. No one cares. We have to find a way to play hard in both games during the weekend.”
All but two of the Lady Bisons’ games this season have ended in a shutout. The Lady Bisons have recorded three shutouts, all on Sunday afternoons. This was the Lady Bisons fifth loss by a shutout this season.
Kacie Hudson scored two goals for Mercer, her first on a penalty kick at 18:31 of the first half. She scored the fourth goal of the game with a shot into the corner at 54:30. Emerald Phillips scored at 30:39 of the first half. Nadja Kolliesuah had an unassisted goal at 53:42.
“We gave them cheap goals,” Ireland said. “We gave them a penalty kick because of a stupid foul on our part. Two of their goals were off of headers in our six-yard box.
“Did Mercer deserve to win? Absolutely. But the game could have been a lot different. If it’s a one-goal game you still have hope even if you are being dominated and out played.”
Cagney Valloch and Nikki Atkinson combined in goal for the shutout for Mercer.
Lady Bisons’ goalkeeper Erin Zerio made three saves.
“Sometimes you have those games,” Ireland said. “When you play good teams they will make you pay for every mistake you make.
“I told our girls I didn’t want to hear any excuses. Mercer beat us plain and simple.”
The Lady Bisons, who have lost their last two games, play their first A-Sun game on the road this season when they travel to ETSU in Johnson City Friday at 6 p.m. They will travel to USC Upstate Sunday at 1.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.