Men's Soccer To Play Memphis and UCF This Weekend
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont men's soccer team takes on a pair of Conference USA foes this weekend after defeating Missouri State 2-1 to open the season last Saturday. The Bruins open up home field action at the brand new E.S. Rose Park with a 6:00 tilt against Memphis on Thursday, September 1. BU then heads back on the road to challenge UCF on Sunday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m.
After compiling an overall mark of 5-11-1 a season ago, Memphis won its first game of the 2011 season, topping Lipscomb by a score of 4-1 at home. The Tigers were a staggering 0-5-1 on the road a year ago, and travel to Nashville to take on the Bruins on Thursday. Senior forward Parker Duncan leads the Memphis offense after scoring two goals in the Tiger win to start the season.
UCF recorded arguably its best season in program history last year, going 12-5-3 and reaching the NCAA Second Round. The Knights defeated USF in first round play before falling to Michigan in overtime. To start the 2011 slate, #19 ranked UCF topped Jacksonville by a score of 2-1 on the road. The Knights will play Massachusetts on Friday before hosting the Bruins on Sunday.
Belmont has only won one game out of the ten times the Bruins and the Tigers have faced off in the all-time series. Last season Memphis defeated BU by a score of 4-0 to open the season. UCF holds a slight 4-2 advantage over Belmont in the all-time series. The Bruins last tilt against the Knights came in 2004 when BU topped Central Florida 1-0 at home.
Belmont defeated Missouri State on the road by a score of 2-1 to open the 2011 season. The Bruins scored first behind sophomore Alex Jenison's (Evansville, Ind.) first career goal, before the Bears tied the game 12 minutes before halftime. Belmont then came away with the victory after junior Brandon Tarr (Knoxville, Tenn.) connected on the game-winner with only 17 seconds remaining in regulation.
Senior captain T.J. Brown (Hendersonville, Tenn.) assisted on both goals during Belmont's 2-1 victory over Missouri State on August 27, which earned him Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors this past Monday. It marks the first weekly conference honor for the defender, and it was the first two points of Brown's illustrious career.
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