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Friday, October 31, 2008Three different Bisons scored as Lipscomb beat North Florida 3-1 and moved a step closer to the No.2 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament Friday night in Jacksonville.
It was the fifth conference win of the season for the Bisons, breaking the program record of four set last season.
“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked,” said Bisons coach Charles Morrow. “The weather was cold, rainy and windy. It wasn’t typical Florida weather.
“We had to win the first half. We didn’t have to win the second half. The weather dictated the game.”
Midfielder Angel Chairez scored the first goal for Lipscomb at 30:36 of the first half with an assist by forward Miguel DaSilva.
“DaSilva crossed and was knocked down,” said Morrow. “Angel hit it out of the air. It deflected off the goalkeeper, but he wasn’t going to save it.”
The Bisons took a 2-0 lead when midfielder Jeremy Reid scored with an assist from Tony Garibaldi at 38:08.
“Jeremy’s goal was unbelievable,” said Morrow. “Tony took a shot and was deflected off of a defender,” said Morrow. “The keeper was coming out on Jeremy as he got the ball. He just lifted the ball over the keeper.”
North Florida closed the gap at 56:13 when forward Adam O’Neil found the net.
Defenseman Garrett McLaughlin added an insurance goal at 82:34 as he connected on a penalty kick.
The Bisons have been scoring goals, but the defense has dealt with some issues. Morrow thought they put together a solid performance against North Florida holding them to 12 shot attempts and five shots on goal.
Lipscomb goalkeeper Patrick Walsh made three saves. One save was credited to the team.
“For the most part defensively we did a great job,” said Morrow. “Pat Walsh did an outstanding job of coming out and cutting out balls.”
The Bisons made 17 shot attempts with five shots on goal.
Reid and McLaughlin scored their first goals of the season. Eleven different Bisons have scored at least one goal this season.
Sunday afternoon the Bisons face Jacksonville in the finale of the regular season at noon. The game is billed as the “A-Sun Game of the Week”.
The Bisons raised their record to 9-7-2 overall, 5-2-1 in the A-Sun. North Florida slipped to 7-10-0, 3-5-0 in the conference.