Lady Bisons Soccer Preps for Friday Night Tilt With Belmont
Thursday, October 6, 2011
By Colby Wilson
Lady Bisons Soccer Preps for Friday Night Tilt With Belmont

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team will host rival Belmont under the lights Friday night, in a 7 p.m. match at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. Lipscomb will host the Lady Bruins in the finale of a three-game home stand.

The Lady Bisons (3-9-1, 1-3-0 in the Atlantic Sun) are riding high entering the weekend after knocking off USC Upstate last Sunday for the program’s first conference victory since 2009. In Friday night’s home A-Sun opener, in the Lady Bisons first 2011 match under the lights at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex, visiting ETSU scored twice in a five-minute span to take a 2-1 victory.

Lipscomb’s offensive slide ended last weekend, with the Lady Bisons netting three goals after scoring just one goal in the previous four games. After scoring just 10 goals during the entire 2010 season, Lipscomb already has 12 goals in 13 games during 2011.

Lipscomb will be back on the road next weekend, heading down to Florida for matches at Jacksonville (Oct. 14, 6 p.m.) and North Florida (Oct. 16, 12 noon).

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Opponents Last Matches

Belmont (6-5-0, 3-1-0 A-Sun) defeated Upstate, 1-0, on a sixth-minute goal from Dani Stolt. After Stolt’s goal, the defense took over and limited the Lady Spartans to three total shots. Sunday, the Lady Bruins lost to ETSU, 2-1. Stolt again provided the offense, this time on a 20th-minute tally, but ETSU’s Jenna Caudle tied the game in the 51st minute and Ramey Kerns scored the game winner in the 86th. Nicole Berner made seven saves in the loss.

Last Time Against This Week’s Opponent

The Lady Bisons lost to Belmont 4-0 to close out the 2010 season. Belmont outshot Lipscomb, 27-4. Lipscomb’s Erin Zerio led the way with a career-best 14 saves in net.

Lady Bisons Defeat Upstate Behind Goals From Bethke, McGuire

Danielle Bethke scored the game-winner in the (17’) and assisted on Meghan McGuire’s team-leading fifth goal in the (20’) to earn Lipscomb their first Atlantic Sun victory since Oct. 23, 2009. Zerio made five saves for her first shutout of the campaign.

Lipscomb Strikes Early, But ETSU Rally Downs Lady Bisons, 2-1

Junior Martika Powe (26’) scored her first career goal to put Lipscomb up early, a pair of second-half goals by ETSU conspired to down the Lady Bisons 2-1. Erin Zerio made six saves in the losing effort for Lipscomb.

Lady Bisons Moving Up the All-Time Lists

Several Lady Bisons are moving up the career lists as we get further into the season. McGuire is tied for third all-time with eight career goals and is one point behind Hallie Proffitt for third all-time. Bethke overtook Proffitt for second all-time in shots with 84 and is seven behind Melissa Chambers for most all-time. Erin Zerio broke the 200-save barrier last weekend; at 201 in her career, she’s just 17 behind Adrienne Childers for second all-time.

Conference Outlook

  • Jacksonville leads the Atlantic Sun after two weeks of conference play; the Dolphins have 10 points and are 3-0-1. Just behind are ETSU and Belmont, both with nine points and three wins; ETSU owns the tiebreaker after defeating Belmont last weekend.
  • McGuire is tied for fifth in the conference in points per game (0.83) and goals (five) and is fifth in goals per game (0.42). McGuire is tied for third in the conference with two game-winning goals.
  • Zerio enters the weekend fifth in the A-Sun in save percentage (.787), third in saves (59) and first in saves per game (5.36).