Short-handed and battered by injuries.
That was the story of the Lipscomb Lady Bisons 4-0 loss to Belmont Saturday afternoon at the Whitten Soccer Complex in Atlantic Sun Conference play. The Lady Bisons closed out the season with a 4-14 record overall, 0-10 in the conference. Belmont is 5-11, 4-6 in the A-Sun.
The Lady Bisons defense was depleted as the game progressed. Kameron Stilwell left early in the first half and did not return. She was transported to a hospital for tests. Defender Katie Woods left the game and did not return for the second half due to not feeling well. Forward Emily Longden was hurt and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play the second half.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It sums up the season,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ireland said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is beyond frustrating.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way the season started. We had so many injuries. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funny that this is also the way it ended.Ã¢â‚¬Â
To add to the depth issues Lady Bisons midfielder Tatjana Shirley was given a red card at the 54:56 mark in the second half. The Lady Bisons played the final 35:44 a player short.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tatjana is one of our best player,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ireland said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“She got a red card on a questionable play.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Katie and Kameron are two our best players. We had players in different positions because we had to make some moves to finish the game.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Lady Bisons held Belmont to one goal until approximately the final eight minutes. The Bruins scored three goals during that span to ice the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Battle of the BoulevardÃ¢â‚¬Â meeting.
Erin Zerio made 14 saves in the game for the Lady Bisons. Belmont attempted 27 shots including 18 shots on goal. The Lady Bisons had a shot on goal by Shirley and one by Martika Powe. They only had four total shot attempts.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Erin played very well,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ireland said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“She came off of the line very well. She did the things we have been asking her to do.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ireland stresses that even more frustrating than losing is that his players have nothing to show for their improvement and hard work this season.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We fought really hard, even with a player down, for most of the second half,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ireland said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We hung in there until the final eight minutes.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to work hard next year to get more depth just in case something like this happens again. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never had this many problems as a player or a coach.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.