NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Fresh off an impressive 3-1 victory over Georgia State on Tuesday, the Belmont University men's soccer team (2-9-1, 0-3-0) returns to Horizon League action as they square off with the Milwaukee Panthers (3-5-2, 1-1-1) Saturday evening at E.S. Rose Park. Match time for Belmont's sixth home contest of the season is set for 6 p.m. CT.
After Georgia State scored an equalizing goal late in the match on Tuesday, senior Raphael Colmanette's (Sao Paulo, Brazil) goal in the 76th minute proved to be the difference maker in a highly contested match. From the right side just outside of the 18', Colmanette ripped a low lining strike that found its way on frame and past the GSU keeper. The Belmont bench erupted in jubilation as Colmanette scored the eventual game winner and the Bruins were able to fight back after the Panthers had tied it up just seven minutes prior. BU added some insurance in the 89th when Rashad Hyacenth (D'Abadie, Trinidad and Tobago) tallied his second score of the match. Hyacenth was the beneficiary of a heads up play by AJ Arnold (Jackson, Miss.) who played a quick restart after GSU foul and hit Hyacenth in stride, catching the defenders off guard. Hyacenth scored the match's first goal in the 12th minute to get the Bruins off to the quick start they needed, as Joonas Bask (Espoo, Finland) tallied the assist on the play.
Hyacenth added his second two-goal performance on the season, as he leads the club with five goals, 43 shots and 22 shots on goal. One of the Horizon League's preseason players to watch, Hyacenth has certainly lived up to the hype this year for Belmont.
Milwaukee enters Saturday's contest sporting a 3-5-2 (1-1-1 Horizon league) record and in its last four matches has just one loss as it has won two and tied one in that span. The Panthers have taken on some of the nation's best this season as they squared off with the current No. 1 Creighton, and five other squads currently in the RPI top 100. Milwaukee, pegged to finish fourth in the Horizon League, is paced offensively by Declan Rodriguez and Fransesco Saporito. Rodriguez and Saporito each have totaled eight points and have each posted eight shots on goal. Reid Stevenson, who led the Panthers will 11 points last season, has tallied 1 point in nine matches played in 2015.
Belmont and Milwaukee met for the first time last season in the Bruins first full season as an affiliate member of the Horizon League. The Panthers notched a 2-0 victory over Belmont in Milwaukee, Wis. Belmont, just like this season entered its match with Milwaukee coming off a victory over Georgia State, except last season the Bruins had to make the over 500 mile trip to the Badger State to play the Panthers.
After Saturday's showdown with Milwaukee, Belmont receives a week of rest before it travels to Cleveland State, for its next match, Oct. 17. Belmont finishes its 2015 slate with four-of-six matches occurring away from Rose Park.