Sometimes you get by with a little help from the other team.
At the 8:44 mark of the first half Jackson State scored a goal for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons, the only goal scored in the game.
The 1-0 win on a muggy Sunday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex evened the Lady Bisons record at 2-2. Jacksonville State slipped to 1-1.
“In the past we have found ways to lose games like this,” Lady Bisons coach Jon Ireland said. “Our goal was to get back to 2-2. I wish we would have played better at times, but we will take it.
“We are struggling offensively. We are going to spend a lot of time on the offense this week.”
Katie Wood led the Lady Bisons with four shots including one shot on goal. Danielle Bethke led the team with two shots on goal.
Lady Bisons goalkeeper Erin Zerio only had to make one save on the way to the shutout, her first of the season. Jackson State was held to only seven shots overall.
“We got the early goal and we were able to hang on,” Ireland said. “Jacksonville State didn’t really threaten us too much offensively.
“Erin’s mind was in this game. She was focused. She came off the line really well.”
Jackson State goalkeeper Allison Lane made five saves. The Lady Bisons had 15 shots with six shots on goal.
“We have Katie, Kelsey Reiman and Kameron Stilwell in the back,” Ireland said. “The back three have been playing very well for us. Martika Powe has been playing great in the middle. The last component defensively is for Erin to get more confidence. This was a big game for her.
“We were very organized. That has been the thing about our team this year. This has been the best defensive unit we have had since I have been here.”
Ireland had 16 healthy players available, including two goalkeepers. Ireland admits that Sunday afternoon games are going to be a challenge due to the lack of depth on his team.
“We watched some film Saturday,” Ireland said. “We talked about Jackson State and what we needed to do based on the scouting reports. We just jogged and stretched. We tried to give them some rest.
“You could see that we were tired. Afternoon games are going to be an issue because of our depth. We are going to put everything we can into our Friday night games and hope to get a good result. On Sundays we will have to find a way to win.”
The Lady Bisons play their next four games on the road starting Friday night at 5 at Arkansas State in Jonesboro.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.