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Sunday, September 21, 2008If you are going to host your first tournament then you might as well win it.
Such was the situation for the Lipscomb Bisons who beat UNC-Asheville 3-1 to win the Hyatt Place Select-Brentwood Invitational at the Lipscomb soccer complex. The Bisons also beat Presbyterian 2-0 Friday night.
UNC-Asheville beat Belmont 3-2 Friday night. Sunday afternoon Belmont beat Presbyterian 3-0.
It is the first time in the NCAA era that the Bisons have won a tournament championship.
"You always want to win the tournament that you host," said Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow. "I couldn't be any more prouder of the effort of our players.
"The thing I realized from this weekend is that I haven't been using the bench like I should have been. A big part of the results is the fact we subbed more liberally."
In Sunday's game neither team scored in the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Patrick Walsh turned away three shots by UNC-Asheville in the half. In the second half freshman Brent McGee was in goal for the Bisons and allowed one goal while making three saves.
"I thought our goalkeepers did well this weekend," Morrow said. "Both Brent and Patrick bring different things to the table. We thought Brent was the better match-up against Presbyterian and that Patrick was best against UNC-Asheville. We decided to use Brent in the second half.
"Patrick came out and cut out some balls in the first half. I thought he did a great job. We could have certainly gone with Patrick the entire time against UNC-Asheville. They are consistently right now the No. 1 and No. 2 goalkeepers, but which one is No. 1 and which one is No. 2 changes from day-to-day."
Freshman forward Garret Pettis scored the first goal of the game for the Bisons with an assist to midfielder Andre Santos at 56:32 of the second half.
"Andre works so hard," Morrow said. "Garrett kicked the ball between the keeper's legs to score. This was Garrett's most consistent weekend. There are still areas of his game we can help him out with. He is going to continue to get better."
UNC-Asheville tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Alex Morrow with an assist to Nathan Neal at 80:12.
Freshman forward Andrew Chamberlain gave the Bisons a 2-1 lead 42 seconds later as he scored from in front of the net on a rebound of a shot by forward Miguel DaSilva. Both DaSilva and freshman midfielder David Dermody earned assists.
"Andrew got the second rebound," Morrow said. "He is a very opportunistic scorer. He deserved to score base on the weekend he had. He had some close chances Friday night."
At the 86:55 mark the Bisons iced the game as DaSilva beat two defenders and got behind UNC-Asheville goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen. Freshman midfielder Eric Duarte earned the assist.
"One defender was tracking back and trying to clear it, but the ball was already in the goal," Morrow said. "Eric had a great weekend as well."
The Bisons had eight shots on goal. UNC-Asheville made seven attempts.
"The freshmen are doing great," Morrow said. "I couldn't be happier with them. They have come in and not played like freshmen."
All-Tournament team members from Lipscomb were Pettis, Kezi Lara, DaSilva and Chamberlain. Pettis was named the tournament MVP.
Rounding out the All-Tournament team were Bryan George, Patrick Tate and Morrow from UNC-Asheville, Brett Parker and Will Moorad from Belmont and Chris Broph and Stevenson Gravlee from Presbyterian College.