NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Belmont University men's soccer team (3-9-1,1-3-1) defeated the Milwaukee Panthers (3-6-2, 1-2-1) 1-0, Saturday evening at E.S. Rose Park, earning its first conference victory of the 2015 season.
Dennis Kluba's score in first half stood up as Belmont fought off several late scoring chances by Milwaukee. The Panthers threatened to equalize many times in the match's final moments but Belmont's defense stood strong and preserved the shutout.
Grayson Rector (Peachtree City, Ga.) picked up his second shutout victory of the season as he notched three saves and hung tough after an apparent leg injury late in the match. Rector remained in the game after a stoppage where he was examined by the training staff. It seemed like each player on Belmont's backline made a game-saving play late in the match when Milwaukee really put the pedal to the medal in pursuit of an equalizer.
Kluba (St. Louis, Mo) scored his first collegiate goal in the 39th minute after Raphael Colmanette (Sao Paulo, Brazil) connected with him on the near post with a pretty cornerkick. In the proceeding moments Colmanette penetrated along the left side of Belmont's attacking third but saw his shot blocked which set up a cornerkick opportunity. Colmanette struck a low-driving ball and found Kluba near post where the freshman midfielder knocked in a header.
Belmont finished with 11 shots to Milwaukee's 15, and the Bruins were more efficient with their attempts as they put four on goal compared to the Panther's three.
Milwaukee registered nine shots to Belmont's five at the half, and played aggressively early on but the Bruin defenders played an effective first 45.
Rector compiled a pair of saves in the first half as he made great plays in the 21st and 34th minutes to keep the Panthers off the board.
Milwaukee played a direct style all match long as it knocked several crosses into the box but Belmont fought off the litany of shots that went its way.
Colmanette now has three assists on the season, and has played quite effectively in his past two matches as he scored his first goal of the season Tuesday against Georgia State.
Belmont's victory Saturday evening marked the first time since 2013 that it has won two-straight matches when it knocked of Missouri State and Cleveland State in consecutive contests.
BU is now undefeated in October home matches, with the win this evening and Tuesday's triumph over Georgia State.
The Bruins donned pink jerseys in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the brave, and courageous women in the audience affected by breast cancer were honored before the match.
The Bruins have some serious momentum with Saturday's victory and with a wide open Horizon League, look to make a move up the standings.
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. Match time in Cleveland is set for 6 p.m. CT.