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Lipscomb falls to Campbell in final minutes

Thursday, September 25, 2008

For almost 80 minutes it looked like the Lipscomb Lady Bisons and Campbell were on their way to their second 0-0 tie in as many seasons.

But at the 79:37 mark of the second half Campbell’s Kaili Terry found the net with an assist from Olga Ekblom. She scored on a one-on-one play against Lipscomb goalkeeper Katie Shelton for a 1-0 win Thursday night in Atlantic Sun action at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

It marked the second game in a row that the Lady Bisons have given up a crucial goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation. They allowed Belmont to tie the game Tuesday night 2-2 with nine minutes left and then lost 3-2 in overtime.

“We were fatigued at the end of those games,” said Lipscomb coach Jon Ireland. “We have a lack of depth. We are going to give them three days off to rest.

“It isn’t a matter of effort. Our players are giving us everything they have for 90 minutes. Most of them are playing the entire game each time. They have to be tired.”

Terry made a game-high six shot attempts, with two shots on goal. Campbell was credited with 16 shots, six of them on goal.

“Last year it was 0-0 at their place and we came away with a tie, but they thumped us,” Ireland said. “We didn’t have that many offensive chances, but we stayed with them this time around. We hang in there and we hang in there and then one mistake will cost us a game.

“We did a good job defensively of keeping them from getting quality shots. We are closing the gap between us and the other teams in the conference.”

Shelton made five saves.

Sophomore forward Halie Proffitt led the Lady Bisons with four shots on goal. Proffitt and sophomore forward/midfielders Kate Spellman and Brandi Besheres were the only Lady Bisons to make a shot on goal. The Lady Bisons were credited with seven shot attempts overall.

The Lady Bisons are 2-7-1 overall, 0-2 in the A-Sun. Campbell is 2-3-2 overall, 1-0 in the conference.

“We’re right there,” said Ireland. “We just need to take the next step up. But right now, we are standing there and we aren’t sure what to do. We’re giving ourselves a chance to win. We just have to keep working.”