Sept. 7, 2007
The Lady Bisons soccer team has been looking for a breakout performance and they finally found it.
Tbey didn't win Friday night against visiting Central Arkansas at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. Their 2-1 loss wasn't a moral victory by any means. But the Lady Bisons proved they could overcome adversity and not give up, no matter the situation,
"This was our best game by far," said first-year Lady Bisons coach Jon Ireland. "Coming into the game I knew it would be a positive. We had really been focused in practice. That is why it is so hard to lose this one."
The Lady Bisons are still looking for their first win of the season after their third loss. But Sunday at 4 p.m. they face a visiting Arkansas-Little Rock team and Tuesday at 3 they welcome Jackson State to campus.
The game started on a tough note as a shot by Central Arkansas bounced off the back of a Lipscomb player and into the goal 1:33 in the game. Central Arkansas added a second goal at 38:48 when Ashley Line scored.
"We were down two goals after the first half," Ireland said. "We hadn't scored a goal all season. I didn't know how we would come out for the second half."
Ireland basically told his players at intermission that the way they approached the second half of the game could be the turning point in the season.
"I told them that we had outplayed Central Arkansas in the first half of the game," Ireland said. "I told them to go out and outplay them for another 45 minutes. I told them I wanted them to be able to say they had given it everything they had when they walked off the field at the end of the game.
"I didn't tell them that they would win the game if they did that. There are too many things that can go wrong. But win or lose they fought.
They responded to his words, playing their best half of soccer this season and the best in recent memory.
Freshman forward Kate Spellman scored the first goal of the season for the Lady Bisons, and the first goal of her collegiate career, at the 78:08 mark of the second half. Freshman forward Halie Proffitt was credited with the assist, the first of her college career.
"We made a lot of progress," Ireland said. "I always tell them to put us in a position to win the game at the end. I saw a lot of character."