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Eastern Illinois (0-1-0)
9/6/2013 | Dayton, OH | Attendance: 172
Friday, September 06, 2013
DAYTON, OHIO - The Lipscomb Bisons soccer team traveled to Dayton, Ohio carrying momentum from a win over Belmont in the season opener.
That momentum shined through as the Bisons showed their dominance in a 3-1 win over the Panthers of Eastern Illinois on Friday night.
Omar Djabi, once again showed why he is a preseason all-conference first team selection.
After scoring two goals in last weekend’s win, earning him the ASUN Player of the Week, Djabi showed his strength in the midfield by netting another pair of tallies.
“For the first two years of his career, Omar was playing out of position as a center back, “ Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow said. “The fact is he is a much better midfielder.”
After scoring four goals to start his junior campaign, Djabi also added an assist to his credit.
In the first half, the Purple and Gold came out firing and outshot the Panthers 6-5, but could not capitalize on those opportunities as the half ended 0-0.
“Honestly, we could do a much better job of converting our chances,” Morrow said. “We created quite a bit of chances in the first half and just could not score. We were happy, but we could do better.”
Whatever Morrow said at halftime must have worked, because it did not take long for the Bisons to get going in the second period.
Just over two minutes into the half, Djabi found the ball on a rebound from the goal keeper and was able to put it into the back of the net on a volley for a 1-0 Bison lead.
Eight minutes later, Djabi struck again, this time off a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Morrow believes his team’s style of play in the first period led to early success in the second.
“The combination of doing some things better and the physical play we put on them in the first half had an effect,” said Morrow. “We wore them down for sure.”
Luke Gearin picked up where he left off in the preseason by scoring the third and final goal for the Bisons in the 57th minute. Djabi once again, played a hand in this goal with the assist, his first of the season.
When asked what he was feeding Djabi early in the season, coach Morrow cleverly responded, “Goal food! He is certainly playing well and we are definitely excited for him.”
“We all are expecting big things from him this year.”
If this season is going to be a success, the freshmen are going to play a big role. Seven new faces saw action in the matchup and their confidence will only continue to grow as the season wears on.
Freshman goalkeeper, Micah Bledsoe had two saves in only his second career start and improved his record to 2-0-0.
The lone goal given up in the 77th minute off the foot of Will Butler just brushed over Bledsoe’s finger tips and dropped in for a Panthers goal.
“Our guys did a great job in controlling the pace and tempo for the most part,” Morrow said. “We let that get away from us in the last 10 to 15 minutes. We have to do a much better job late in games.”
With the win, the Bisons improve to 2-0 on the young season with the first-ever win over Eastern Illinois, while the Panthers fall to 0-1.
After scouting Sunday's opponent Dayton against Northern Kentucky in the final match of the night, the Bisons are set to take the day off Saturday. Lipscomb returns to action on Sunday to host the Flyers in a 1 p.m. kick-off.
Overall, coach Morrow was pleased with what he saw and is looking forward to getting back on the field Sunday.
“We are happy to win and looking forward to playing Dayton on Sunday for the tournament championship.”