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Bisons earn No. 4 seed in A-Sun Tourney
Garret Pettis
Garret Pettis

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Bisons’ soccer team continued what was a successful day for Lipscomb athletics by beating Campbell 2-1 on the road Saturday night in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

The win guaranteed the Bisons the No. 4 seed in the tournament. They will host either a rematch with Campbell or face Jacksonville at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.

“We were in the tournament regardless before we played the game,” Bisons’ coach Charles Morrow said. “We had to win to make sure we were going to host the first round.”

Morrow still thinks his team has yet to play its best this season.

“I don’t know if we are peaking right now,” Morrow said. “I think the guys feel good about where they are. They are finding ways to win. They are working together. They feel like everybody is on the same page and committed to what we are doing.

“Have we played better this season? Sure. But the power of a team that has bought into what is being done and works together is pretty tremendous.”

The Bisons opened the scoring in the first half when Nick Bibb scored at 27:13. Bibb has made steady improvement this season as he has adjusted to the college game.

“Nick has gotten better, and he has also gotten more opportunities,” Morrow said. “He is so quick and so fast. He is also very technical.

“In front of the goal he knows what to do. A lot of it for him has been adjusting to the physical nature of the game. There have been some times where that has presented a challenge for him. But he is getting the hang of it.”

In the second half the Bisons extended their lead to 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Garret Pettis that went in just under the cross bar from the edge of the box. Pettis leads the Bisons with seven goals.

“Garret is very fit,” Morrow said. “He has come up big for us.”

Campbell cut the lead to one at 79:26 when Keegan Terry scored on a header.

The Bisons are 9-8-0 overall, 5-4-0 in the conference. Campbell is 6-7-4 overall, 4-5-0 in the A-Sun.

“We didn’t play well against Mercer Thursday night,” Morrow said of the 2-0 loss in Macon, Ga. “We fought and battled against ETSU (a 2-1 overtime loss Oct. 24). But in both of those games we played a different system.

“After thinking about it we decided we had been playing a certain way all year and we didn’t need to change that. Other guys stepped up like Drew Longinotti and Matt Shanklin. It was a good team win.”

Admission to the tournament is $5 for adults and $2 for students and adults 65 or older. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

All Lipscomb students will receive free admission with their student I.D.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.