The Lipscomb Bisons soccer team opened the regular season in a strong note with a 4-0 win over host Gardner-Webb in the Soccer For A Cure Classic in Boiling Springs, N.C. Friday night.
Coach Charles Morrow not only opened his fourth season at Lipscomb with a shutout, but he was also able to play everyone who made the trip.
"We didn't expect to win this big by any means," Morrow said. "I looked out at one point and every player except one on the field was a freshman. We played that way for a large part of the second half. We got some guys some experience and that was good."
The Bisons scored two goals in the first 13 minutes of the first half. Freshman forward Andrew Chamberlain scored at 9:18. Defender Garrett McLaughlin and forward Garret Pettis each earned an assist.
"Andrew has scored goals at every level," Morrow said. "I have known him for quite awhile. A couple of days before the Christian Brothers exhibition game things started clicking for him. He is doing well. He is continuing to do what he has always done."
Sophomore forward Miguel DaSilva, last year's leading scorer, picked up the first of two goals at 12:57 with an assist from midfielder Angel Chairez.
DaSilva scored again on a penalty kick at 17:04. From that point on Gardner-Webb played two players short with two players earning red cards within 24 seconds.
"We got off to a quick start and they got themselves into a situation they couldn't recover from,' said Morrow. "Gardner-Webb played 70 minutes without two players. We were able to play smart and not give up a whole lot for the rest of the game."
In the second half freshman forward Evan McGee closed out the scoring at 68:26. Defender Josh Lind was credited with the assist.
A pair of freshman goalkeepers combined for the shutout for the Bisons with Patrick Walsh playing the first half and Brent McGee playing the second half.
Walsh made the only save of the game for the Bisons.
DaSilva led the Bisons with two shots on goal.
The Bisons held a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal.
The Bisons, 1-0, will face Winthrop Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Classic.
"Winthrop played tight against Belmont and lost," Morrow said. "Winthrop will be a tough game for sure. But the guys are excited. They feel good. We will train Saturday and see if we can get after Winthrop on Sunday."