NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Belmont University men's soccer team (1-3-0) returns home to E.S. Rose Park for the first time since its season-opening 2-0 victory over crosstown foe Lipscomb, Friday, Aug. 28, as it hosts Appalachian State and Campbell as part of the Belmont Invitational this weekend.
Belmont will host Appalachian State Friday, Sept. 11 for a 6:30 p.m. CT tilt at Rose Park, and then after an off day welcomes Campbell for a 2:30 p.m. match on Sunday Sept. 13.
"We are looking forward to being back home in front of our great fans. Hopefully they will be out in droves again as we compete against two strong opponents," said Head Coach Bryan Green.
The Bruins look to get back to their winning ways as they return from a three-match road stint that included a pair of true road matches at Buffalo and Evansville as well as a neutral site matchup with Drake. Belmont has not been outmatched in any matchup this season as it has consistently battled its respective opponent and has turned in a strong 90 minutes of play on each occasion.
Last time out in the final match of the Aces ProRehab Classic, Belmont drew the host Evansville Purple Aces for a Sunday afternoon affair on Sept. 6. Despite dominating possession and looking like the better team for the majority of the match, Belmont dropped a 2-1 decision to the Purple Aces. The Bruins faced a 1-0 deficit at the half as Evansville found the back of the net in the 40th minute, but Belmont came out determined in the second stanza and netted an equalizer in the 72nd minute. Senior AJ Arnold notched the Bruins' lone score and was the beneficiary of an outstanding feed from Raphael Colmanette. After nearly taking the lead, the Bruins saw Evansville's Ian McGrath blast a shot past Grayson Rector in the 80th, tallying the game-winning goal. Rector recorded a season-high seven saves in the match.
Taking a look at the competition, the Appalachian St. Mountaineers have opened the season 1-1, with a loss vs. North Florida in a neutral site contest and a victory at ETSU. In their most recent outing at ETSU on Wednesday Sept. 9, the Mountaineers defeated ETSU 2-1 in a chippy contest that featured seven yellow cards issued. Appalachian St. scored a goal in each half and was able to fend off ETSU despite allowing a goal in the 66th minute of action. Junior Stephen Chapman has already scored three goals this season including the game-winning tally over ETSU.
Going into the weekend, Campbell sits at 0-3-0 and is yet to play a regular season home match as it has fallen at Davidson and at UNC Wilmington and in a neutral site contest with Elon. In their last matchup, Fighting Camels fell 6-2, at UNC Wilmington. After notching an equalizing goal in the second half, Campbell then saw its opponent rattle off four consecutive scores to claim a convincing victory. Bradley Farias paces the Campbell offense as he has tallied a pair of goals on the year. Farias scored nine goals last season and earned the 2014 Big South Freshman of the Year honors.
Belmont and Appalachian State have met just three times over the years with the Mountaineers holding a 2-0-1 record against the Bruins. The last meeting between the squads came in 2013 at the Lipscomb Invitational and the result was a 1-1 draw. Belmont and Campbell have 11 combined meetings and the Fighting Camels hold a 9-2 edge in those contests. Campbell and Belmont met many times over the years as members of the Atlantic Sun conference. BU's last conference tournament appearance game against Campbell in 2008 when the squads met in the Atlantic Sun tournament.
The Belmont Invitational also features a Friday afternoon matchup with Lipscomb and Campbell taking the pitch for a 3:30 p.m. showdown as well as a Sunday afternoon contest between Appalachian State and Lipscomb at Noon.
For more information regarding the Belmont Invitational please visit Tournament Central