Men's Soccer Remains Undefeated In A-Sun Play With Draw
SPARTANGBURG, S.C. – The Belmont men's soccer team (5-5-1, 1-0-1) remained undefeated in Atlantic Sun Conference play following a double overtime 0-0 tie with USC Upstate (4-4-1, 1-0-1) on Sunday afternoon in Spartanburg.
Junior goalkeeper Lou Manning (Southlake, Texas) recorded a season-best nine saves in the match. The third year Bruin improved on his league-leading saves count, now totaling 59 on the season. Manning also moved into seventh place in Belmont history with 122 saves in his career.
Belmont, which hadn't recorded a single shutout in the past two seasons combined, has garnered two in the last five matches. Manning is responsible for both shutouts, the first two of his career at BU. The last time the Bruins earned a berth to the A-Sun Tournament, Belmont tallied five shutouts on the year.
"Lou had a great game, making a number of good saves in each half," Head Coach Earle Davidson said. "They [USC Upstate] counter-attacked well, and Lou came up with some crucial stops for us."
Belmont seemed to control the game from halftime, outshooting the Spartans 8-6 and recording four corner kicks to Upstate's one following the mid-game break. The Bruins forced Spartan goalkeeper Jason McCabe into five of his total seven saves in the second half and first overtime.
"We had a ton of possession," Davidson said. "But we weren't as efficient in the final third as we have been lately, both in regards to putting the last couple of passes together, and with finishing off on goal. Having said that, I still think we had enough chances to win this game."
Chances Belmont had, totaling 12 shots by the end of the match, but none ended up in the back of the net, as the Bruins finished with a 0-0 tie against Upstate.
"A draw on the road, for the second game of the weekend in conference play isn't a bad result," Davidson concluded. "But this is one we could have won."
Belmont will next play at cross-town rival Lipscomb in the annual Battle of the Boulevard on Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.