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Lady Bisons-USC Upstate Game Notes

Friday, October 05, 2007

Oct. 5, 2007

The schedule: The Lady Bisons, 2-7-1, 0-1-1, are back home this weekend to face a pair of A-Sun foes. Friday night USC Upstate makes its first ever soccer appearance on the Lipscomb campus. ETSU visits Sunday at 2.

The opponent: Upstate, 2-6-0, 0-2-0 has lost its last five games. Upstate is second in the A-Sun in points per game with 7.50. They are also second in goals per game with 2.75. However, they also allow 2.75 goals per game.

The last game:The Lady Bisons are coming off a 0-0 tie at Campbell. It is the first A-Sun tie for the Lady Bisons since 2003 when they played Mercer to a 0-0 tie on Oct. 24. Goalkeeper Katie Shelton made a season-high 13 saves.

Overtime success: The Lady Bisons are 0-1- 1 in overtime games this season.

The Lady Bisons 1-0 overtime win over Jackson State Sept. 11 was the first victory at Lipscomb for first-year coach Jon Ireland. It was the first victory for the women's soccer team since Sept. 3, 2006 when they beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6-0 on the road. It was the first home victory since a 2-1 defeat if Winthrop Sept. 9, 2004. And it was also the first overtime victory since overcoming Mercer 1-0 Oct. 31, 2002.

History makers: The Lady Bisons came back to beat Tennessee-Chattanooga on the road Sept. 14 by a 1-0 score after beating Jackson State in overtime Sept. 11. It was the first time since 2002 the Lady Bisons had won two games in a row. The Lady Bisons beat Austin Peay 1-0 on Oct. 24 and then beat Mercer 1-0 in overtime Oct. 31.

Turning a Proffitt: Freshman forward Halie Proffitt assisted on the game-winning goal by Sasha Sack against Jackson State and scored the game-winner, the first of her collegiate career, at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Proffitt margin: Proffitt leads the team in goals and assists with two each and in points with six. She also leads in shots with 25, ninth best in the A-Sun, and in shots on goal with nine.

Youth is served: Fifteen players on the roster are either freshmen or sophomores this season. There are seven freshmen on the roster.

Shelton makes the saves:.Goalkeeper Katie Shelton was named the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player for Sept. 10-16. She is the first Lady Bisons soccer player to win a player of the week award. She is third in the A-Sun with those three shutouts. She leads the league in saves with 80 and is first in saves per game with 8.89. Shelton is eight in the conference in goals against with 1.96 allowed per game.

She is also ranked seventh in the NCAA in saves per game. She won the NCAA Saves Award last season.