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Bisons open conference action in 1-1 tie with Belmont
Garret Pettis
Garret Pettis

Friday, October 03, 2008

With a different location and a different year, the outcome still remained the same.

The Lipscomb Men's Soccer team tied with the Belmont Bruins in the Battle of the Boulevard for the second year in a row.

In front of a large crowd of students and fans at Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville, Belmont jumped ahead in the 50th minute with an unassisted goal by Dan Meacock. They would not keep the lead for long as Bison freshman Garrett Pettis headed a free kick from Andre Santos into the back of the net in the 54th minute.

The next 56 minutes would continue to provide a great deal of action, but no more scoring for either side. After two rounds of overtime and many astonishing saves by each goal keeper, the teams had to settle for a 1-1 tie.

“They have a great keeper,” forward Miguel DaSilva said. “I felt we outplayed them and out shot them, but he (Wesley Wray) kept Belmont in the game.”

Wray had a career-high 10 saves in the game. Lipscomb keeper freshman Patrick Walsh had 5 saves for the Bisons.

The Bisons outshot the Bruins 16-11 and forced an offsides call on Belmont 10 different times in the game, compared to zero for Lipscomb. Each side had eight corner kicks, but failed to finish on many offensive chances throughout the game.

The final Battle of the Boulevard of the season may have to take place even further away, like the conference tournament.

Lipscomb is now 4-5-1 (0-0-1 A-Sun) and Belmont goes to 5-4-1 (0-0-1 A-Sun).

“We hate to tie,” DaSilva said. “We felt like we should have won. Tonight was a big game, but we are confident against Evansville. We know what we need to do.”

The Bisons play away at Evansville on Sunday October 5 at 1 p.m.

Written by Katie Haab, student assistant in the Lipscomb athletic media relations department.