The Lady Bisons made eight shots, three of them on goal in Friday night’s 2-0 loss to host South Carolina State in the S.C. State Tournament in Orangeburg, S.C.
“We played really, really well against a very good team that plays very well at home,” Lady Bisons ‘ coach Jon Ireland said. “It was one of our better games. We hit the cross bar three times in the first half. We had multiple chances. We should have been up by three or four goals at halftime.
“In the second half South Carolina State scored off a set piece in the last nine minutes of the game. Then we pushed everyone up and they scored a second goal.”
Ireland said the Lady Bisons created more quality chances than in any game this season.
“We just couldn’t get that goal,” Ireland said. “Our girls out worked the other team again. We out played them all over the field. “You want to win. But at this point of the season it is all about getting better.”
In fact, South Carolina State’s coach told his team at halftime that there was no way the Lady Bisons, who have only a handful of subs, could maintain the pressure game for 90 minutes.
“After the game he said that he was in shock that our team could finish with that much effort and energy with basically no depth,” Ireland said. “We were all over them. I keep telling our players that if we can keep on out working the other team good things will happen.”
Sunday at 10 a.m. the Lady Bisons will face The Citadel in the final round. The Lady Bisons spent part of the day Saturday visiting Charleston, S.C.
“The Citadel has a very disciplined and very organized team,” Ireland said. “We can’t worry about these other teams. If we play our system with our pressure we are going to control the game and create more chances.
“Against South Carolina State our pressure completely dictated the game. We frustrated them.”
South Carolina State made 14 shot attempts with seven shots on goal. Lipscomb goalkeeper Erin Zerio made five saves. Danielle Murphy and Marsha Hebbe combined for three saves against the Lady Bisons for the shutout.
This will be the last non-conference game before the Lady Bisons open the Atlantic Sun portion of the season.
“Next week our season starts over,” Ireland said. “Everyone will be 0-0 in the conference.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.