Lady Bisons becoming a more offensive team
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Lady Bisons becoming a more offensive team
The Lipscomb Lady Bisons soccer team enters this weekend with the chance of making their first ever appearance in the Atlantic Sun Tournament still on the line.

Friday night the Lady Bisons will play Jacksonville at 5. Sunday afternoon at noon they face North Florida in the final A-Sun regular season game of the season. In order to keep their hopes alive they have to either tie or win Friday night before starting to think about Sunday.

The Lady Bisons are 4-10-2 tying their season record for wins. They are also 2-5-1 in the conference, also tying their best season record for wins. Both records were set last season.

“We have talked about what it would mean to win more games and to win enough to make the tournament,” said Lady Bisons coach Jon Ireland. “This team has worked very hard this season.

“We still have a shot at the tournament because there are several teams with the same points total. But if we don’t tie or win Friday night what we do Sunday won’t mean as much.”

Team season records already broken are assists in a season and points in season. The Lady Bisons have made eights assists, edging the old record of seven set in both 2004 and 2007. They have 34 points, easily eclipsing the old mark of 26 set in 2006.

Three Lady Bisons, junior midfielder/forward Brandi Besheres and sophomore forwards Kate Spellman and Halie Proffitt, have four goals this season with four games left overall to play. The team season record for goals scored is five, set in 2005 by Melissa Chambers.

Spellman has already broken the team record for points in a season with 13. The previous record for points is 12 set by Chambers in 2005. Besheres has 10 points, tying her with Amanda Cost who had 10 points in 2002.

“Kate has probably been the biggest surprise for us,” said Ireland. “Last year Kate struggled a lot. She got pushed around a lot. She had trouble beating defenders.

"This year she is a completely different player for some reason. She has been so consistent every game. She has learned how to change speeds with the ball and how to get behind defenses. She has caused a lot of havoc. Opposing teams are taking note of her on their scouting reports.

Proffitt demonstrated her ability to score goals as a freshman. Ireland thinks Proffitt’s upside is huge from an offensive standpoint.

“I knew Halie had the potential and the tools,” said Ireland. “She has the potential to score in double digits.”

Besheres has only attempted 12 shots this season with only six shots on goal. But she has made her shots count.

“Brandi has scored some big goals,” said Ireland. “She is probably our strongest player in the air. Last year and this year she has scored goals off of headers. That has been big for us. She is definitely a threat on corner kicks or set pieces because of her ability to jump.”

Several other individual records could fall this season. Proffitt has 17 shots on goal, two short of the season record of 19 held by both Chambers and Cost.

Spellman has five assists, one short of the team season record of six set by Sara Green in 2006.