The loss is the second in a row for the Lady Bison on their five-game stretch away from home after falling at Tennessee Martin, last Sunday.
“Bottom line is we got outworked tonight,” said head coach Jon Ireland. “That’s the first time that’s happened to us all year. Chattanooga deserved to win; they weren’t necessarily more technical or skilled, but they outworked us.”
Lipscomb’s best offensive chances would come in the first half, when junior Martika Powe challenged Chattanooga netminder Taylor Mangrum in the 29th and 30th minutes with shots on goal. Mangrum stopped both shots for two of her three saves on the evening.
Chattanooga broke through late in the first half, with Crystal Mackezyk’s first goal of the season in the 44th minute giving the Lady Mocs a lead going into the break.
“We started out slow, and they really jumped on us,” said Ireland. “We definitely struggled early and kept getting beat to the ball, which hasn’t happened much to us.”
The Bison defense kept Chattanooga at bay for much of the second half, but in the 74th minute the Lady Mocs Kelsey Swann fired one past Lipscomb keeper Erin Zerio for the second and final score of the game.
Zerio saved five of seven shots on goal she faced, moving her into sole possession of fourth place all-time in career saves for the Lipscomb Lady Bison with 162 stops.
In the second half, Lipscomb could not muster much in the way of offense. Only Andie Thornton was able to put a shot on net, in the 81st minute.
“We felt like we could win this one and let it get away,” said Ireland. “It will serve as a good lesson for the girls though; we can’t just show up and expect to win. We have to bring it every game, especially when we go on the road.”
The Lady Bison soccer team will get back to work Sunday, at 2 p.m. when they face Jackson State in a the middle match of a five-game stretch of road contests.