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Sunday, September 06, 2009The Lipscomb Bisons soccer team won the Belmont Invitational winning both games in the weekend tournament.
The Bisons closed out the tournament Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Marshall from Conference USA. The Bisons beat Oral Roberts 1-0 Friday night. They are 2-0-1 to start the season.
Freshman midfielder/forward Alexander Faulk scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in both games. Faulk, midfielder/forward Garrett McLaughlin, midfielder Jeremy Reid and midfielder Angel Chairez were named to the all-tournament team.
“Alexander is a great kid who works super hard,” said Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow. “He is super opportunistic. He has a great attitude and when your attitude is right and you are working hard things will go your way.
“He scored goals in high school. He scored goals in club. He is like Andrew Chamberlain. He has scored goals on every level.”
Faulk is a reserve for the Bisons, but he has responded when opportunities have presented themselves to him. Against Marshall he scored at the 34:04 mark of the first half. His goal was unassisted off of a deflection.
“There are guys on the team that would be unhappy with the playing time Alexander gets,” said Morrow. “But he doesn’t complain. He doesn’t sulk. He is ready to contribute in any way he can.
“For him to get two goals in the weekend is awesome for him. It takes all kinds of players. That is what makes a team a team. He understands his role and is doing extremely well in his role.”
Patrick Walsh made his first start of the season and earned the shutout. Brent McGee, who started the previous two games, also has one shutout.
Marshall attempted seven shots, with only two shots on goal. The Bisons made 10 shots, including six shots on goal.
“They aren’t making it easy in goal,” said Morrow. “Both of them are playing well. At this point they both have individual characteristics that make them strong goalkeepers.
“I think it is a case where we have to look at who we are playing and decide who matches up best. Both of them are doing a great job handling this. They are both very much team players.”
The Bisons head to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend to take on both Michigan and Michigan State in Michigan’s tournament. Beating Marshall is a boost for the Bisons as they prepare for their trip north.
“Marshall is in a big time conference,” said Morrow. “It is a good thing for our conference to get a winning result against a conference with an RPI higher than the Atlantic Sun’s.
“A goal for the conference is to get two teams in the NCAA Tournament. For that to happen we have to beat teams like Marshall.”
Morrow’s team doesn’t plan to spend a lot of time reflecting on the success of the weekend.
“We didn’t play extremely well this weekend, and I think the team would echo that,” said Morrow. “There is a lot of work to be done.
“But it is also a little bit of testament to where we are at to not feel great about the way we played and still come away with two wins. One thing we are doing, which is an improvement from last year, is that we are so much more organized defensively than we have been in the past. Marshall has some athletes that are super explosive and we did a good job of shutting them down.”