NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Belmont University men's soccer team (1-8-1) concludes its current two-game road stretch when it travels to Green Bay, Wisconsin for a showdown with the Green Bay Phoenix Saturday, Oct. 3. Match time is set for 7 p.m. CT. at Santaga Stadium as the Bruins look to carry the momentum gained in their last match against NKU into Saturday's battle in the Badger State.
Belmont came oh so close to notching an equalizing goal late in the match, but the Bruins ultimately dropped a 1-0 decision at Northern Kentucky this past Wednesday, Sept. 30. After falling behind early on in the match, the Bruins showed some serious resiliency as they charged back and nearly tied the match several times in the second half. With just minutes remaining in regulation, Joonas Bask looked as if he would tie the game. In the 86th minute, Bask blasted a shot on goal but an NKU defender stood in his way and registered a team save to preserve its 1-0 lead. After it looked like NKU had earned a final clearance to preserve the win, the Bruins gained possession and played it to AJ Arnold but his shot at the horn was saved.
In year one of Horizon League action Belmont squared off with many programs for the first time, Green Bay was one of those, as Bryan Green and the Bruins picked up their first Horizon League victory against the Phoenix in late October. In what was a highly contested matchup, the Bruins knocked off the Phoenix 2-1 in double-overtime as Rashad Hyacenth headed one in for a game-winning score. Hyacenth was fed by Ryan Tapley for the Golden Goal tally.
Green Bay enters Saturday's contest sporting a 2-5-2 (0-1-1 Horizon League) record as it recently snapped a six-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory at in-state rival Wisconsin this past Wednesday. The Phoenix faced a 2-0 deficit in the match, but rallied to rattle off three-consecutive scores to knock off the Badgers. Audi Jepson leads the Phoenix in goals scored with three and he has added one assist. Jepson, the junior midfielder and Green Bay native, was especially effective in the team's last match adding a score, an assist and four shots. After losing four-straight the Phoenix has responded by playing to a draw against Wright State and defeating Wisconsin. GB returns to Santaga stadium after six-straight matches away from home.
After tomorrow's action at Green Bay, the Bruins return home to E.S. Rose Park, Tuesday, Oct. 6 as they host Georgia State for a 6 p.m. CT tilt in the Music City.