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Bisons set for A-Sun game with Mercer
Garrett McLaughlin
Garrett McLaughlin

Friday, October 02, 2009

THE GAME: The Bisons are back at home Saturday night at 7 to face Mercer in an Atlantic Sun Conference game at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

The Bisons tied their opening A-Sun game with Campbell Thursday night 2-2.

Mercer beat Belmont 5-1 Thursday night.

The Bisons are 3-5-2, 0-0-1 in the A-Sun. Mercer is 2-4-2, 1-0-0 in the conference.

Mercer holds a 5-3-1 edge in the series with the Bisons.

BIG SHOTS: The Bisons hold down the top three spots in the conference in shots. Garrett McLaughlin leads with 33 followed by Andrew Chamberlain and Garret Pettis in a tie for second with 30. Pettis leads the conference in shots per game with 4.29. McLaughlin is second with 3.30.

The Bisons lead the A-Sun overall in shots with 182, an average of 18.20 per game.

EIGHT IS GREAT: The Bisons were ranked eighth Sept. 7 in the South Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the highest ranking in the history of the program. The Bisons were undefeated after the first three games of the season for the first time in the history of the program. Their previous best start was in 2005, the first season for Charles Morrow, when the Bisons opened the season with a 3-2 win over Trevecca Nazarene and tied Evansville 2-2.

GOALS ARE SCARCE: The Bisons had one goal in each of their first three games. Andrew Chamberlain scored in the 1-1 tie with Berry to open the season.

Freshman Alexander Faulk scored his first collegiate goal in the win over Oral Roberts and added another in the 1-0 win over Marshall. Both were game-winners. He missed out on his third game-winner in the Campbell game. His goal gave the Bisons a 2-1 lead, but Campbell tied the game with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.

Sophomore Garret Pettis scored the lone goal in the 2-1 loss to North Carolina-Asheville.

Miguel DaSilva, Garret Pettis and Garrett McLaughlin scored in the 3-2 win over Alabama A&M.

Andre Santos scored against Wofford.

DaSilva scored his second goal of the season in the Campbell game.

PARTNERS IN GOAL: Brent McGee and Patrick Walsh have been sharing the starting duties in goal.

McGee is 2-3-2. He has played in seven games and started two. He has given up 10 goals, an average of 1.68 per game. McGee is sixth in the A-Sun overall in goals against average.

He has been credited with 23 saves, tying him for sixth overall in the conference with a 3.29 average.

McGee is tied for fifth overall in save percentage (.697). Walsh is 1-2-0. He has played in five games and started three. He has allowed eight goals, an average of 2.00 per game. He has been credited with 13 saves.

He is eighth overall in the conference in goals against average. He is 10th overall in save percentage (.619).

A-SUN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Forward Garret Pettis earned the A-Sun Player of the Week Award for Sept. 21.

The Bisons swept the A-Sun Player of the Week awards for Sept. 7 with freshman midfielder Alexander Faulk earning Offensive Player of the Week honors and sophomore goalkeeper Brent McGee named Defensive Player of the Week. Faulk scored two goals, both game-winners. McGee recorded his first shutout of the season. It marked the first time the Bisons have won both awards in the same week.

DASILVA HONORED: Junior forward Miguel DaSilva has been honored as the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year. DaSilva was also named to the Preseason All-Conference Team.

LARA EARNS PRESEASON HONOR:  Senior defender Kezi Lara also was named to the Atlantic Sun Preseason All-Conference Team.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Forward Garret Pettis, midfielder/defender Garrett McLaughlin and midfielder Andrew Longinotto were all named to the All-Tournament Team in the Hyatt Place Select Invitational.

Defender Kezi Lara and midfielder/defender Garrett McLaughlin were named to the Michigan Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Midfielder Alexander Faulk, midfielder/defender Garrett McLaughlin, midfielder Jeremy Reid and midfielder Angel Chairez were named to the all-tournament team at the Belmont Invitational.

REGULAR STARTERS: The Bisons returned all but one starter from last season, but only four Bisons have started in all 10 games this season _ Garrett McLaughlin, Jeremy Reid, Angel Chairez and Andre Santos.

THE GANG’S ALL HERE: The Bisons one starter missing from last season is defender/midfielder T.J. Williams who graduated.

THE POLLS, THE POLLS: The Bisons were selected to finish third in the Atlantic Sun Conference in the preseason poll of coaches. They also received one first place vote. It is the highest preseason conference ranking for the Bisons in the NCAA era.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Bisons are on the road at Stetson Friday night in DeLand, Fla.