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Florida Gulf Coast (5-2-2, 1-0)
Lipscomb (4-5-0, 0-1)
10/1/2010 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 511
Friday, October 01, 2010Dress rehearsal is over for the Lipscomb Bisons as they head into Atlantic Sun Conference play.
The Bisons play Florida Gulf Coast Friday night at 7:30 in the conference opener for both teams. Florida Gulf Coast, 4-2-2, is ranked sixth in the South Region by the NSCAA. The Bisons are 4-4-0.
Florida Gulf Coast holds a 2-1 edge overall against the Bisons.
Sunday they will face Stetson, the defending conference champion, at 2 p.m.
“I think we feel pretty good about how we have prepared for the conference season,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “We have played a variety of teams that have presented different challenges. The teams we have played have been very different with different problems to solve.
“Going into the conference you are not just preparing for one team. There are a variety of styles within the conference. I don’t think we are going to see anything in the conference that we haven’t already seen this season.”
The Bisons also played several teams in the top 25, including an exhibition at Louisville (No. 5) and regular season games against Tulsa (No. 10) and Southern Methodist (No. 13).
“I don’t think we are going to see anybody in conference that is going to present problems we haven’t seen so far,” Morrow said. “And I think there were times when we handled the problems created by opposing teams pretty well at times.
“What I am happy with is that each week we have grown. We have learned lessons from each of the teams we have played. We have been able to apply those lessons to our next game.”
Morrow stresses that there is a lot of parity in the conference. He doesn’t see that much difference between the top and bottom teams in the conference.
“We’ve been at both ends of the spectrum in the last five years,” Morrow said. “There is no question we can compete and do well against every team in the conference. More than anything the question is can we do it consistently game-in and game-out.
“In the out-of-conference season we only saw one inconsistent game and that was last Friday night against Xavier. It wasn’t that we played poorly, but it was just too individualistic. Players were trying to problem solve outside of the system we have set in place and that created problems. I think the consistency is there.”
Morrow points out that the system played by Florida Gulf Coast looks like a defensive system, but there are players who will attack offensively within that system. One of the top wins of the season for Florida Gulf Coast is a 1-0 result against Ohio State which was ranked fifth nationally at the time.
“It is a team that has shown it can defend for a large portion of the game and do well with the chances they do create,” Morrow said. “They are a possession-based team which is good for us. It will be similar to the style we play.
“It will be a fun game to watch. Both teams are going to try to keep the ball and possess it. They have a very good forward and a very good attacking center midfielder. They get their outside backs involved and commit numbers to the attack.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.