NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Belmont University men's soccer team (3-11-1, 1-5-0) saw its two-game home winning streak come to a halt, as visiting Wright State knocked off the Bruins, 2-0 on Wednesday evening at E.S. Rose Park.
Wright State's Marquis Payton notched a pair of goals, one in each half, as the Raiders were victorious in their third-straight contest.
"This is a tough team to go down a goal to four minutes in. We played really well after that, but we were not able to score," remarked Head Coach Bryan Green after Belmont's setback.
The Bruins were unable to fight their way back from an early deficit, as the Wright State Raiders struck just minutes into regulation. BU had managed to grab some momentum, putting together a string of quality possessions, only to see Wright State capitalize with another score early in the second stanza to make it 2-0.
WSU registered 11 shots (five on frame) compared to Belmont's eight and one on goal. BU matched the Raiders with nine cornerkicks.
Wes Cain and AJ Patterson added assists for the Raiders.
Belmont's bench was quite effective on the match, as six of its eight shot attempts came from those who did not appear in the match's starting 11. AJ Arnold (Jackson, Miss.) and Matt Vuylsteke (Hamilton, Ontario, Can.) each recorded a pair of shots, and Arnold may have had the Bruins' best chance when his header was off target in the 74th.
At the half, Wright State carried the lead into the intermission as it tallied an early score in the 4th minute. WSU held a five to four edge in shots attempted, putting two on goal compared. Belmont allowed the early score, but hung together on defense, and was able to earn a near majority of the possession from that point forward.
In the 11th, Belmont had a shot at an equalizer as Nick Clarke (Perryville, Md.), a defender, found himself with a chance in the attacking third but his cross to Rashad Hyacenth (D'Abadie, Trinidad and Tobago) near post was intercepted. In the 29th Nat Hubert (Chichester, England)threatened and made his way into the box, but was tripped by a Wright State defender, but no foul was called much to the dismay of the Belmont bench.
Belmont recorded four-consecutive cornerkicks during sequence of plays in the 14th minute, as the ball alternated from the foot of Hubert to Matt Lopoyda (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Can.) as BU looked to attack via the setpiece.
Belmont returns to action Saturday, Oct. 24 when it travels to Valparaiso for a 7 p.m. tilt in Indiana. The next time, and final time, fans can catch the Bruins at home is on Oct. 31 when they host UIC for senior day.