NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Belmont University men's soccer team scored two late goals in a matter of 20 seconds to equalize but an ensuing tally by Campbell crushed the Bruins' comeback bid, as BU fell 3-2 to Campbell Sunday afternoon at E.S. Rose Park.
After a scoreless initial 45 minutes, Campbell registered a pair of goals, one in the 60th minute and one in the 71st, to jump out to a commanding 2-0 lead. After it looked like Campbell would be able to pack it in and cruise to a victory, the Bruins stormed back for a pair of goals to even the score. In the 84th minute Sophomore Elliot Jones (Knoxville, Tenn.) played a cross into the box and found AJ Arnold (Jackson, Miss.) who beat Campbell's Nick Hensley to cut the deficit in half at 2-1. Just 17 seconds later after a Campbell foul occurred just a couple yards outside of the box, freshmen Sam Borgel (Marietta, Ga.) unleashed an absolute missile of a free kick which the keeper was never really able to track, and the result was the equalizer to make it two all.
Now with the score 2-2 Belmont looked to fight back and take the lead, but just 24 seconds after Borgel's game-changing strike, Campbell would answer with the game-winning tally in the 85th minute. Campbell's Bradley Farias, who entered the match with four goals and had been neutralized by the Belmont defenders for the entire match up until this point, struck a nice ball to beat Belmont's Clark Page (Delafield, Wis.)and put the Camels on top. Essentially the game was decided in less than a minute of action as three goals were scored in what was a very entertaining flurry of offense from the two squads.
Belmont's late offensive aggressiveness helped them narrow the final shot tally to just 11-10 in favor of Campbell. Four of the Bruins' shots came from sophomore striker Rashad Hyacenth (D'Abadie, Trinidad and Tobago).
In the first half the Campbell Camels outshot Belmont six to three and compiled four shots on goal. One of Campbell's shots on goal came in the 40th minute when Farias had a point blank scoring chance. Freshmen goalkeeper Page made a fantastic save by thwarting Farias's attempt that seemed destined to find the back of the net.
Page finished with a season-high five saves.
Graduate student Nick Clarke (Perryville, Md.) made his Belmont debut, logging 11 minutes for the Bruins.
Borgel's score was his first collegiate tally.
Campbell claimed the Belmont Invitational title after playing to a 2-0 record. Appalachian State also posted a 2-0 record on the weekend but the Camels were named the victor by virtue of a tiebreaker of goals scored. The Belmont Boulevard universities of Belmont and Lipscomb tied for third place as they each posted 1-0 and 3-2 losses, respectively for the event.
Belmont's Anthony Torres (Batavia, Ill.) and Borgel earned Belmont Invitational All-Tournament team honors. Appalachian State's All-Tournament members were Jordan Melia, Ian Bennett and John Walrath. Lipscomb's All-Tourney performers were Logan Paynter and Micah Bledsoe while the champions, Campbell, saw Ishmael Rodriguez, Isaiah Page and Tunji Osifeso recognized. Campbell's Farias, who tallied three goals and an assist in two matches this weekend, earned Most Valuable Player Honors.
The Bruins return to action next weekend Sept. 19-20, when they take a brief journey down Belmont Boulevard to compete in the Lipscomb Invitational against IUPUI and Georgia Southern.