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Bisons lose 3-0 to Michigan
Garret Pettis
Garret Pettis

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Lipscomb Bisons lost 3-0 Sunday afternoon to Michigan in the second round of the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor.

The Bisons gave up two goals in the first half and one in the second.

Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow emphasized that the Bisons first half effort was not as strong as it needed to be against the host Michigan team. Michigan is 9-1 in the five years of its invitational.

“Our game day preparation and our focus have to be better,” said Morrow, whose team lost 2-0 to No. 20-ranked Michigan State in the first round Friday night. “I think in both games we came out a little flat.

“Our warm-up might need to be more intense. But I don’t have a good answer for the issue right now. But our guys lacked focus and intensity when they came out.”

The Bisons held a 17-16 edge in shots with Garrett McLaughlin and Garret Pettis each making five shots. McLaughlin attempted three shots on goal. The Bisons out-shot Michigan 12-5 in the second half.

“We played pretty well in the second half,” said Morrow. “We made a tactical change at the half and it helped out. But that was not all of the problems in the first half. One of the problems was our match-ups at midfield.

“One of the bright spots is that we saw we can put together a good half against good teams. But until we put together a first and second half that mirror each other we will continue to struggle.”

Mauro Fuzetti scored for Michigan at 9:42. Hamoody Saad added another first half goal at 24:59. Saad led Michigan with three shots on goal. He tied with Fuzetti for the shots lead with four.

Adam Keller closed out the scoring at 73:24 of the second half.

Morrow was disappointed that his team did not score goals in either game. The Michigan game was one that Morrow thought was filled with missed opportunities.

“We hit posts twice against Michigan,” said Morrow. “We had a couple of near misses. We had opportunities to pull it back to 2-2 in the second half. We have to step up and finish our opportunities.”

Sophomore Patrick Walsh started in goal for the Bisons. He was credited with five saves.

“Patrick made some huge saves today early on, but we have to have someone step up and give us a stronger presence in goal,” said Morrow.

Kezi Lara and McLaughlin were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Bisons return home this weekend to host the Hyatt Place Select Tournament. They will play North Carolina-Asheville Friday at 7:30 and Alabama A&M Sunday at 2:30. All games will be played at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.