NASHVILLE- The Belmont University men's soccer team (1-9-1) returns home for a break in Horizon League action as it hosts Georgia State, Tuesday night at E.S. Rose Park. Match time for the Bruins contest with Georgia State is set for 6 p.m. CT, as Belmont is slated for consecutive home matches for the first time since early September.
Belmont traveled to Green Bay for its most recent matchup, dropping a hard-fought decision to the Phoenix this past Saturday evening. 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. Belmont played tough but was forced to chase the game after Green Bay scored in the 9th minute. BU did not go lightly my any measure as they peppered 11 shots, including six on goal. Sophomore Rashad Hyacenth (D'Abadie, Trinidad and Tobago) added four shots while freshman Clark Page (Delafield, Wis.) earned the start as he returned to his state of Wisconsin.
Georgia State enters Tuesday's contest sporting a 5-3-0 (1-0-0 Sun Belt) record and is the winner of its past three contests. The Panthers have won four of their last five matches, and picked up a 3-0 win against Appalachian State in their conference opener. Georgia State features a potent offense that averages 2.38 goals per match, which ranks it seventh in the nation. Senior Eddie Wilding paces the Panther offensive attack, as he has tallied five goals and dished out six assists already this season. Wilding leads the Sun Belt in points and ranks second in goals. The Panthers have outscored opponents 11-3 in their recent three-game winning streak, knocking off Brown, Presbyterian College and App. State.
Belmont and Georgia State have met 10 times over the years, as Belmont sits at 2-8 in those contests. The Bruins reigned victorious though in the last showdown between the squads, as they prevailed with a 2-0 victory at Georgia State last season. The Bruins turned in one of their best performances of the season in this matchup as they tallied a pair of goals in the second half to dispatch the Panthers. Sam Black (Douglas, Isle of Man, UK) added a score off an assist from Nat Hubert (Chichester, England) in the win.
After the Bruins tangle with Panthers, they are slated to host Milwaukee for a Horizon League showdown on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at E.S. Rose Park.