For the third year in a row coach Jon Ireland’s Lady Bisons finished the season with four victories. They closed out the regular season with a 2-1 loss to Tennessee Tech at the water-soaked Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
“We didn’t play well enough to win,” said Ireland. “We made two freshmen mistakes and kind of reverted back to what we had done earlier in the year. Two really stupid mistakes cost us the game.
“We gave up some cheap goals and had trouble finishing our plays. That sums up the year.”
Freshman forward Ally Marler, who made the switch from goalkeeper five games ago, scored the only goal for the Lady Bisons at the 50:36 mark of the second half. It was also Marler’s first goal of the season.
“Ally is big and strong and one of our more athletic players,” said Ireland. “She will get better and better.”
Tennessee Tech, 5-11-3, struck first at 41:43 of the first half when Andrea Meloff scored. Meloff would add what would prove to be the game-winning goal at 63:18 of the second half.
The Lady Bisons were out-shot 8-2 in the first half, but came back and held a 12-4 edge in shots in the second half. The Lady Bisons had eight shots on goal. Tennessee Tech was credited with five attempts.
“The girls really fought back hard in the second half,” said Ireland. “It was a big turnaround in the second half, but I told our girls it was too little, too late.
“We didn’t start off the first half like we needed to do. They kind of outplayed us. In the second half I thought we outplayed them a lot. We are not good enough to come out and mess around. We have to play with a lot of energy and intensity and be very focused for us to have a chance.”
Tennessee Tech goalkeeper Kaitlyn Thacker made seven saves.
Erin Zerio started in goal and turned back three shots.
The conditions of the field prompted Ireland to tell his players not to pass the ball.
“You couldn’t kick it on the ground,” said Ireland. “The ball would just stop.
“It is unfortunate that the field conditions were so bad. In the last 15 minutes we played with four forwards. We really put a lot of pressure on them and created a couple of dangerous chances.”
Forward-midfielder Brandi Besheres was honored on “Senior” Night as she played her last collegiate game.
It was also the last game for assistant coach Babak Abouzar who is leaving the program to start a women’s soccer team at Lubbock Christian University.
The Lady Bisons ended the season with a 4-14-0 record overall.