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Bisons Battle Evansville To 2-2 Tie In Double OT

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Sept. 10, 2005

Lipscomb's Bisons are undefeated in the first two home games of the season for the first time in the program's history after tying Evansville 2-2 Tuesday night in double overtime at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

"A historical moment," said Lipscomb men's soccer coach Charles Morrow with a broad smile.

The Bisons opened the season with a 3-2 victory last week over Trevecca Nazarene.

Morrow, in his first season as coach of the Bosons, thinks his team may be gaining confidence as it continues to rebound from a winless 2004 season.

"The more that these guys play with people and realize they can play with other people the confidence is only going to get better," Morrow said. "The first half was so goofy. We were having trouble finding ourselves. Even though we went up a goal we weren't playing all that well."

The Bisons struck first at 25:23 of the first half when midfielder Roland Borys scored from approximately 20 feet out off of a pass from defenseman Scott Mason.

"It was an amazing goal," Morrow said. "Roland was way out wide. He had no angle on it. He probably shouldn't have been shooting it. It was a great shot. More often than not he is going to miss that shot and should be passing."

Forward Chris Binder tied the score for Evansville on a direct kick at 37:11.

A little over a minute-and-a-half later Evansville struck again as midfielder Erik Johnson blasted a line drive shot into the middle of the net to take a 2-1 lead at the half.

"We had a nightmare the last 10 or 15 minutes of the first half," Morrow said. "It was just stupid mistakes."

The Bisons were dealt a blow approximately three minutes into the second half when Borys left the game after receiving a red card. The Bisons played one-man short the rest of the way.

"When we went down a man we took it to them in the second half," Morrow said. "For about five minutes after that happened we didn't look so sharp, but once we figured out what was going on it looked like from our perspective that we were outplaying them.

"I thought they read the game and exploited the other team's system really well. When we went down a man we worked within a basic skeleton of what we wanted. But a lot of the guys freelanced a lot and did some things on their own. That was great to see them playing with a little bit of thought instead of playing like robots."

With 5:35 left in the game Lipscomb forward Ben Page countered with a line shot of his own that slammed into what was basically an empty net as Evansville goalkeeper Corey Southers was not close enough to attempt a play.

"Ben creates a lot of chances," Morrow said. "He is awfully hard on himself. It was good to see him finish one. He is one of our better players."

Both teams were scoreless in the overtime period with each team recording one shot on goal in the first overtime. In the second overtime Evansville was credited with five shots and Lipscomb recorded two.

Lipscomb goalkeeper J.D. Murphy made his first start of the season. Evansville was credited with 28 shots, 10 shots on goal. Murphy made eight saves with three in the first half and three in the second along with two in the final overtime period.

"We were man down and we had to fight hard," Murphy said. "Everybody came together as a team. We battled back. I think that comes from a lot of guys knowing what it was like last year to know what it is like to try to come from behind in tough situations.

"It was end-to-end. They had a lot of chances to finish. We could have finished a few chances. Coming in they were ranked higher than us so we knew we were the underdog. I think we have a lot more heart this year."

Morrow will be counting on Murphy, a senior, to continue his strong play in goal.

"It was big to get some solid play out of our goalkeeper," Morrow said. "J.D. is technically our best goalkeeper. But what separates him from the other goalkeepers is the way he reads the game. That was especially important in this game, especially in the first half, with Evansville pushing a lot of numbers forward into the attack and looking to slot balls in behind our defense. With a goalkeeper back there who can read that and get off his line to cut those balls out is huge."

Southers made four saves with two in the first half, one in the second half and one in the second overtime. The Bisons had 19 shots, six shots on goal.

Each team made four corner kicks.

The Bisons are 1-0-1. Evansville is 0-1-1.