Nashville, Tenn.- The Belmont University men's soccer team suffered a stunning 1-0 loss in overtime Friday evening, against Appalachian State at E.S. Rose Park.
Just as Belmont managed to fight off Appalachian State and force an overtime period, midway through the bonus stanza the Mountaineer's Trey Hemphill beat Belmont keeper Clark Page (Delafield, Wis.) for the match's lone goal. Hemphill's unassisted tally came from just outside of the box near the right side of the pitch and his score put a sour taste in Belmont's mouth after a strong defense performance.
"Appalachian State is a good team. They didn't let us get settled the entire night. We had a couple great chances but eventually their persistence paid off," said Head Coach Bryan Green.
The Belmont backline, anchored by Anthony Torres (Batavia, Ill.), Sean Bernabo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Elliot Jones (Knoxville, Tenn.), was excellent all evening long, bending but not breaking and keeping its counterpart off the board for more than 90 minutes.
The Mountaineers were able to find more chances on the offensive end as they registered 14 shot attempts compared to Belmont's four. Appalachian State outshot Belmont 8-1 in the second half, and rattled together several strong scoring opportunities after the intermission.
Belmont saw most of its goal threats occur in the first half as it posted three shots on goal. One of its best chances came in the 21st minute when Jones played a ball into the box where Joonas Bask (Kauniainen, Finland) cleverly played it to AJ Arnold (Jackson, Miss.) who had a nice look at a goal but could not find the back of the net.
Page earned his second collegiate starting assignment against Appalachian State.
The Bruins return to action Sunday, Sept. 13 when they conclude the Belmont Invitational with a matchup with the Campbell Camels. Belmont and Campbell are set for a 2:30 p.m. CT match at Rose Park.