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Parrish praises efforts of Lady Bisons against APSU

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Sept. 20, 2005

Spet. 20, 2005 - After battling to a 0-0 tie for almost 58 minutes the Austin Peay Lady Governors scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 1-0 road victory over the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.

Lady Bisons soccer coach Jenger Parrish was pleased with the effort of her team on the humid and warm Tuesday evening.

"Overall, front-to-back, it was a much better game for us," Parrish said. "We finally got the effort we wanted from everyone that stepped on the field. The players on the sidelines were into the game. They were up on their feet, cheering and encouraging the players on the field.

"It was a complete team effort which is something we have been missing all season. It's nice to walk away from the field knowing that it didn't go our way, but that we have it what we had."

Defender Adonia Bivins scored the winning goal from about 15 yards out after getting the ball from forward Erica Dengler at 57:58 The shot went low to the right corner and went in the net past the outstretched arms of Lipscomb goalkeeper Bethany Copeland.

Austin Peay spent most of the first half in the Lady Bisons half of the field. Despite the pressure, the Lady Bisons held firm for most of the game.

"We played so much defense in the first half that we didn't want to give up something simple," Parrish said. "Obviously, our forte is not scoring goals so we didn't want to push too hard and give up something silly. We would rather go for a 1-0 win than have to rely on scoring two goals to win.

"Our game plan in the second half was pretty much the same. We wanted to stay solid defensively. We wanted to counter and push when we could. And if it was still tied late in the game we would start pushing more."

Austin Peay made 20 shots, eight shots on goal. Bivins led the way with four shots, three shots on goal.

The Lady Bisons managed four shots, with forward Jessica Jordan and midfielder Melissa Chambers each credited with one shot on goal.

Copeland made seven saves for the Lady Bisons. Goalkeeper Sarah Broadbent earned the shutout for Austin Peay with two saves.

"We played with a lot more heart in this game," Parrish said. "It is nice to see them do some of the things we know that they can do."

Austin Peay raised its record to 3-4-1. The Lady Bisons are 0-7-1.