NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The Belmont University men's soccer team (4-12-2, 1-6-1) concludes its 2015 campaign, Friday afternoon, as it travels to Detroit for its season finale. Game time on the pitch begins at 1 p.m. CT at Titan Field as the Bruins look to end their season on a winning note.
The Bruins fell, 4-1 at home to UIC in their last match, as they were unable to overcome a hot start by the Flames. Sophomore Rashad Hyacenth (D'Abadie, Trinidad and Tobago) scored his league-high seventh goal in the loss, and he peppered a career-high eight shots in the loss. The Bruins faced a 4-1 deficit at the half as UIC came out on fire and opened the match very aggressive, and determined on the offensive end. The starting 11 against UIC featured five seniors as Anthony Torres (Batavia, Ill.), Raphael Colmanette (Sao Paulo, Brazil) , Sam Black (Douglas Isle of Man, UK), Joonas Bask (Espoo, Finland), and Pedro Balaguer (Nashville, Tenn.), as they all started their final match at Rose Park. Fellow seniors, Nick Clarke (Perryville, Md.) and Bryan Eoff (Clarksville, Tenn.) also appeared off the Bruin bench, as all seven seniors saw action on Saturday. Belmont entered the matchup with the Flames playing some of the best soccer it has all season. The Bruins earned their first road result of the season against Valpo as they played to a 1-1 draw, and then followed with a 2-1 victory at Virginia Tech.
Detroit (6-4-8, 2-1-5) will earn a chance to play in the Horizon League Championships with a win or a draw against the Bruins and can finish as high as No. 4 in the standings. Detroit has tied eight times this season, with five of those draws coming at home. Detroit's senior keeper Nathan Steinwascher has kept the Titans in games all year, as he leads the Horizon League in saves with 81. Steinwascher has earned Horizon League Defender of the Week honors eight times during his distinguished career at Detroit. Sprio Pliakos sets the pace for the Titans as he leads the squad with three goals and a league-high six assists. DU fell to the No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats, 4-0, on the road in their last match.
Saturday marks just the second meeting between Belmont and Detroit, as the sqauds squared off last season during BU's inaugural season as an affiliate member of the Horizon League. The Bruins dropped a 1-0 decision to the Titans last season at Rose Park, despite outshooting the opposition.