MACON, Ga. – The Belmont University men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at Mercer Saturday evening in Macon, Georgia.
Belmont cut the Mercer lead to just one when redshirt sophomore Elliot Jones (Knoxville, Tenn.) found the back of the net in 70th minute of the match after a connecting pass from senior Raphael Colmanette (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
In search of an equalizer the Bruins attacked, registering a trio of shot attempts within the last five minutes but the late flurry of offense came up just short. In the 82nd minute senior Sam Black (Douglas, Isle of Man, UK) had a strong chance on a header but the attempt was cleared off the line.
The Bruins turned in a strong second half performance after getting off to a slow start Saturday evening.
"In the second half, we played much better and created four to five clear chances," said Head Coach Bryan Green. "The goal we scored was the result of good teamwork and passing."
At the half the Bruins faced a two goal deficit in Macon as Mercer opened the match as the aggressor. MU held a strong advantage in shots and shots on goal at the intermission. While Belmont took the pitch for the first time this season, Mercer had already kicked off its preseason campaign Thursday evening against Evansville and was ready to play from the onset.
Mercer did not waste much time out of the gate, claiming a 1-0 advantage in just the third minute of the match. The tally was the result of a header by Mercer's Jordan Duru, who was the beneficiary of a Will Bagrou assist. The Bears added their second score of the half in the 29th minute when Conner Antley found the back of the net on a penalty kick attempt.
Junior keeper Grayson Rector (Peachtree City, Ga.) conceded two goals but also thwarted several Mercer attacks registering seven saves in the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Clark Page (Delafield, Wis.) took the pitch in half number two, recording a clean sheet in his 45 minutes of action.
"It was a disappointing start to the game, this was a problem we had last season. We will have to change that if we hope to change our results," Green added.
The Bruins return to action Friday, Aug. 28, when they host the Lipscomb Bisons for their 2015 season lidlifter. Gametime for the Battle of the Boulevard showdown between Belmont and Lipscomb is slated for 7 p.m. Central time at E.S. Rose Park.