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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Dec. 7, 2005
Every coach would like to have more wins, but Lipscomb men's soccer coach Charles Morrow is somewhat satisfied with five victories and one tie in his first season, especially since the 2004 team did not win a game.
"It could have been worse," said Morrow. "It should have been better.
"My thoughts and the players thoughts were similar. We are happy, but not satisfied with the progress and the improvement. I don't know if I ever got to the point where I thought they were playing the way they should have been."
Sophomore forward Ben Page was named to the All-Atlantic Sun second team. He tied with sophomore midfielder-defender Scott Mason with five goals, three assists and 13 points. Page led the Bisons with 42 shots. Defender Micah Johnson was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman team.
Like most teams making the adjustments to a new coach, a new system and a new approach to the game the Bisons became a better team as the season progressed.
"It was a difficult transition for the players," said Morrow. "There was definitely a learning curve there. With the exceptions of the Alabama A&M and Birmingham-Southern games we probably played our best in the last part of the season. If we had played that way earlier in the season we would have been involved in the conference tournament."
Recruiting is going to be a major key to the Bisons success next season. Morrow plans on signing a number of players. Finding someone to help take part of the offensive load off of Page is a primary goal.
"Ben needs some help for sure," said Morrow. "We need an impact guy up top with him. We need impact players at midfield, at defender and goalkeeper. We can probably do without an impact player at defender but we need one at the other positions. We are going to sign a large class."
But that doesn't mean he isn't happy with the nucleus of players returning for the 2005 season.
"I think that we have a solid core of players coming back," said Morrow. "I'm not going to name anyone because I don't want to risk leaving anyone out. Mixing these guys with the new blood should make us vastly improved."