NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons soccer team gave Atlantic Sun-leading Florida Gulf Coast all it could handle, ultimately falling 1-0 to the Lady Eagles on Senior Night.
Lipscomb (4-12-1, 2-6-0 in the A-Sun) held the Lady Eagles (12-3-2, 7-0-1 in the A-Sun) to their lowest goal output since Oct. 7. Florida Gulf Coast, which came into the night averaging 15.06 shots per game, was held to 10 shots.
The first half was a defensive struggle. The Lady Bisons were unable to get a single shot away, while Florida Gulf Coast took four shots.
Gulf Coast’s Ashley Ciesielczyk put two shots on goal, while Danielle Faller put one on goal in the first half, but Lipscomb’s Erin Zerio saved all three shot.
In the second half, the Lady Eagles upped the offensive attempts, pressuring Lipscomb’s defense time and again with six shots. Junior Martika Powe, back from her usual midfield spot helped anchor a defense that was put in multiple one-on-one situations by the Florida Gulf Coast offense.
In the 63rd minute, Gulf Coast’s Olivia Elias broke the scoreless tie, firing from just inside the 18-yard box and beating Zerio to the right side of the net. Gina Petracco and Danielle Faller assisted on the goal.
After finally getting on the board, the Lady Eagles were content to play keep-away for much of the final 27 minutes. Lipscomb freshman Karli Crosby fired a shot from 12 yards out just over the bar for Lipscomb’s best chance and only shot of the night.
The Lady Bison offense has shown difficulty getting shots off in the last few games. Since Oct. 7, over the course of four games, Lipscomb has attempted just 13 shots.
Lipscomb will host Stetson, Sunday, in the final match of 2011. It will be the final match in a Lipscomb uniform for seniors Danielle Bethke, Kirsten Heikkinen and Meghan McGuire.
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