Coach Jon Ireland, after viewing what he called the worst game one of his teams has played since a 2-0 loss Oct. 29, 2008 at Tennessee Tech, has scheduled a film session at 8 a.m. Saturday followed by a practice session.
The Lady Bisons fell 2-0 Friday evening at Tennessee-Martin in Martin, Tenn. Ireland saw a need to really give his team a wake-up call.
“We played really, really bad,” said Ireland. “That’s the frustrating part.
“We were organized enough at times so that we still limited their shots. But we didn’t create anything offensively which is something we really have to work on. We can’t win games with only four shots.
It was the home opener for UT-Martin. The Lady Bisons, facing their second Ohio Valley Conference team in row, fell to 1-1.
The Lady Bisons allowed only 11 shots, but UT-Martin connected with one goal in each period.
Freshman goalkeeper Erin Zerio made a season-high five saves, but allowed one goal. Fellow freshman goalkeeper Ally Marler played the second half. She made two saves and gave up one goal.
Kendyl Wilson score one-minute into the game for UT-Martin with a cross in front of the goal.
“If we are going to give up a goal in the first minute of a game we are not going to win,” said Ireland. “For whatever reason, we just lost focus. We have to address that. I don’t care who you play when you give up a goal that early it gives the other team so much confidence and completely deflates your team.
“We didn’t come out ready to play. I told our players we are not good enough to come out and not be really focused. We can’t have an off day and win.”
Amy Iwanicki scored at 72:39 of the second period on a deflection off of Marler.
Offensively, the Lady Bisons managed only four shots. Brandi Besheres, Kate Spellman, Martika Powe and Lacey Cross each had one shot. UT-Martin goalkeeper Aubrey Buehler only had to make one save on a second period shot.
Last season the Lady Bisons attempted four shots or fewer in five games.
“”We were off all day in terms of connecting passes,” said Ireland. “They didn’t put us under a lot of pressure. They gave us room to knock the ball around.”
The Lady Bisons held UT-Martin to three corner kicks. The Lady Bisons made two corner kicks.
It was the first time the two teams have met in two seasons. UT-Martin was picked to finish second in the OVC preseason poll.
It was the fifth straight win for UT-Martin in the series. The Lady Bisons are 1-1-6 overall against UT-Martin.
‘We are closing the gap in terms of competing,” said Ireland. “The encouraging part was limiting their shots. We would have given up 25 or 28 shots against them last season.
“The first half was really bad. The second half was better. The bottom line is we still lost.”
The Lady Bisons are back on the road Wednesday when they travel to Alabama to face Troy University at 4 p.m.
“I made sure to tell our players that it is not the end of the season,” said Ireland. “We are nowhere near where we need to be. We have a long way to go. We definitely have a lot to work on. We have to regroup before we play Troy.
“The focus is going to be on our offensive end and also on our possessions overall. Defensively, we have done well enough the last two games in terms of eliminating shots. We were in the game until near the end even though we playing pretty bad.”