NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont women's soccer team (2-2) will look to extend its win streak over a pair of road contests this week. On Friday evening, the Bruins face off against Evansville (3-2-1) before returning to Nashville for the annual Battle of the Boulevard with former conference rival Lipscomb (2-3-1) on Monday evening.
Evansville enters Friday's matchup having gone 1-1-1 in its last three outings and have not lost a contest since September 4. The Purple Aces, who return 12 letterwinners, were chosen to finish third in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference race after going 4-1-1 in Valley play and 5-8-3 overall one year ago.
UE is led in scoring by Stephanie Thompson, who has netted three goals. Emily Griebel has scored twice while Kayla Smith and Lauren Tiernan have found the back of the net once each. Taylor Brand has already claimed MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors three times so far this season.
Evansville leads the all-time series, 5-1, after the Bruins won a 1-0 decision in Nashville one year ago.
Lipscomb hosts Belmont on Monday before opening a three-game road swing. LU stands at 2-3-1 in the young season, going 1-2 in its last three outings.
The Lady Bisons are led in scoring by Ellen Lundy, who has six goals, setting the program's record for goals in a single season. Baylee Linnell has netted three goals and five other players have contributed one goal apiece. Brittany Rupple leads the team in assists with a total of two.
The programs faced off in exhibition action last season with BU winning 2-1 at Rose Park. The Bruins lead the all-time series, 9-1.
The Bruins breezed by visiting Alabama State last weekend to earn a W in their home opener at Rose Park. Belmont blanked the Lady Hornets, 3-0, dominating the game from the opening whistle. BU outshot ASU, 35-3, and notched six corner kicks.
Goals were scored by sophomores Sydney Omweg (Yorktown, Va.) and Emily Epley (Goshen, Ky.) and senior Emily Jones (Cleveland, Tenn.). Sophomore Cassie Blasé (Waukesha, Wisc.) led the Bruins in shots with a total of eight, followed by Epley with five and junior Allie Hicks (Carmel, Ind.) and senior Katie Proud (Knoxville, Tenn.) with four.
Senior Nicole Berner (Randolph, N.J.) and sophomore Lindsey Espe (LaCanada, Calif.) split time between the posts and thanks to the team's stellar defensive performance against Alabama State, combined for a mere three saves.
Friday evening's match at Evansville is slated to kickoff at 6 pm. Live stats and video will be available. Monday night's game at Lipscomb is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats will be available.