It was the home opener for Chattanooga.
Chattanooga’s Kelly Downs scored an unassisted goal at 66:34 as she found the net from 18 yards away into the left corner of the net.
“It was a very even game,” said Lady Bisons coach Jon Ireland. “It came down to who was going to get the first goal. I knew that was going to happen.
“Chattanooga hit a great shot. The ball popped out and the girl hit a perfect shot into the corner.”
Kelsey Swann added an insurance goal at 88:05. Becca Smith, who made a game-high six shots, earned the assist.
Chattanooga attempted 16 shots, seven on goal. The Lady Bisons were credited with nine shots, four on goal.
“After they scored the first goal we had to press everyone forward,” said Ireland. “That is when they got most of their shots was late in the second half.
“We started pushing everyone up trying to get the tying goal. At that point it doesn’t matter if you lost 1-0 or 5-0. That is how they scored the second goal.”
Freshmen midfielder Martika Powe and freshman defender Ashley Duggins each attempted two shots for the Lady Bisons.
Erin Zerio started out in goal for the Lady Bisons and did not face a shot. Ally Marler was in net for the second period and made five saves.
“It was a very, very defensive battle. I kind of thought it might be headed into overtime because the game was so even in a lot of ways. Neither team was able to do a whole lot, but when they got their first goal that was it.
“We really crashed it hard the last 10 minutes and created a couple of good chances. We came close to tying it a couple of times.”
The Lady Bisons, who have played their last three games on the road, are 2-2. Chattanooga is 2-0.
“Chattanooga is very tough to beat at home,” said Ireland. “They are very organized and very disciplined.
“We were disappointed with the way we played in the first half. I chewed them out at halftime. In the second half we played stronger overall. We were much sharper in terms of our possessions and we won a lot more 50-50 balls.”
Sunday afternoon the Lady Bisons are back home for a 1 p.m. game with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The game will be played on the practice field next to Cofer’s Chapel at 3915 Franklin Pike.