GREEN BAY, Wis.- The Belmont University men's soccer team (1-9-1, 0-3) fell 3-0, on the road to Green Bay, Saturday evening in Wisconsin.
"We did some good things tonight but it is difficult when you are constantly chasing the game," said Head Coach Bryan Green. "We took a moment off and Green Bay made us pay. For the next 80 minutes we were playing catch up."
The Bruins battled with the Phoenix but were unable to overcome a two goal deficit at the half, despite tallying 11 shots including six on goal. The Phoenix struck twice in the first stanza and added some insurance in second to knock off the Bruins and win their second straight match.
After the early score, the Bruins responded with a sense of urgency and compiled many strong chances in the mid-to-late first half. Rashad Hyacenth (D'Abadie, Trinidad and Tobago) registered two shots on goal in the first half while AJ Arnold (Jackson, Miss.) and Joonas Bask (Espoo, Finland) each recorded shots on the GB keeper.
The Phoenix opened the scoring early, when in the ninth minute GB's Toby Benhart notched his first score of the season. Buran Huseini's shot hit the cross bar, he gained possession of the carom and then dished it to Benhart who headed it to the back of the net.
In the 43rd, Audi Jepson converted a free kick opportunity to make the score 2-0 Green Bay. William Nordenstrom scored in the 78th to add to GB's advantage.
Belmont came out of the gate in half two with some offense opportunities early on as Hyacenth added another shot on a header in the 49th but his attempt was off the mark to the left side. Hyacenth received the service from Matt Lopoyda (Niagara Falls, Ont., Can.) who connected with the sophomore striker off of a setpiece.
After a Green Bay player was issued a yellow card in the 56th minute, Nat Hubert (Chichester, England) teed up a penalty kick but saw his shot saved by the keeper. Sam Borgel (Marietta, Ga.) added a shot off the rebound but missed left.
Hyacenth added a shot in the 85th but missed wide on his fourth attempt of the match.
Belmont may have crossed passes with the Phoenix at an inopportune time as Green Bay entered the match with some serious momentum. Green Bay snapped a six-game winless streak with a victory over in-state rival Wisconsin in their last contest and played to a draw with Horizon League preseason No. 3 Wright State in the matchup before that. GB was happy to return home to Santaga Stadium, as their past six contests were away from home.
Freshman keeper Clark Page (Delafield, Wis.) started between the pipes for the fourth time this season, as he returned to the state of Wisconsin where he played his prep soccer. Page finished with four saves on the evening.
Head Coach Bryan Green featured 18 players against Green Bay.
The Bruins return home to E.S. Rose Park, Tuesday, Oct. 6 as they host Georgia State in a non-conference tilt in the Music City. Match time is set for 6 p.m. CT.