Oct. 20, 2005
Lipscomb's Lady Bisons put in one of their better efforts of the season, but it was not enough.
Mercer forward Meghan Castaldo scored one goal and assisted on another in a 2-0 shut out of the Lady Bisons Thursday night in Atlantic Sun competitio at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
Defender Darcy Kibler scored the first goal of the game for Mercer at the 33:50 mark of the first period. Castaldo made a corner kick from the left side. Kibler went up high for the header and put the ball in the left side of the net.
Mercer made 10 corner kicks. The Lady Bisons made two.
In the second period it was Castaldo's turn to score. Forward Ashley Cook found Castaldo about 15 yards award from the goal. She kicked a ball from the left side that bounced along the ground and went in the right side of the net, beating Lipscomb goalkeeper Bethany Copeland who had moved in the opposite direction.
"We're not the nest team when it comes to defending corner kicks," said Lady Bisons Coach Jenger Parrish. "We tried too hard to overcome that and gave up the second goal."
Mercer out shot the Lady Bisons 24-5 with 12 shots in each period. Castaldo and forward Kaytie Vander Vos each had three shots on goal for Mercer which made 10 shots on goal as a team.
Copeland made eight saves for the Lady Bisons. Fio Lanfranco picked up the shutout for Mercer making three saves in the game.
Parrish, who has been practicing with only nine players die to injuries, saw some positives in the game.
"We did some good things," Parrish said. "We start off strong, but with our injuries and lack of depth it is hard to keep playing on a high level as the game goes along.
"Overall, I was pleased. I would rather win, but I asked the team to keep I simple and play hard. And that's what they did."
Mercer is 6-11, 3-5 in the A-Sun. The Lady Bisons are 0-15-1, 0-8 in the conference.