NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Belmont University men's soccer team recently completed a successful spring season, sporting a 3-2 record during its exhibition campaign which ranged from March to mid-April.
The Bruins registered victories against Montevallo, Sewanee and Trevecca while falling to Georgia State and Christian Brothers by a combined two goals.
Belmont finished with nine goals scored and conceded just three tallies.
"We had tremendous teamwork this spring. It started in with great effort and intensity in training and carried over to the games. We had selfless work on both sides of the ball in each of our games. Only three goals conceded in 450 minutes and six different goal scorers is proof of the teamwork," said Belmont Head Coach Bryan Green.
Playing with just one sub in many of the matches, the Bruins held their own thanks to superior conditioning. The team's committment to the offseason training program was a driving force in its springtime progress. Green noted that his team not only committed to the physical side of the training but also the mental side.
Returning from a torn ACL, veteran Matt Vuylsteke (Hamilton, Ont., Canada) was the main catalyst in the offensive third, registering three scores. The Canadian rounded into form after enduring a rigorous rehab process. He brings a constant energy in and out of competition and it's rubbing off on his teammates. The midfielder, who missed all of the 2016 fall season due to injury, has appeared in over 30 career matches and will be back for Belmont this coming fall.
"Everyone on the team was happy to see Matty back in uniform. We watched him all fall preparing himself for his return, all the while not getting the immediate reward of playing that so often consumes people. He knew his role in the fall was to recover and gain fitness so he could be at his best when he returned." added Green. "Stepping back on the field for our first game was a big lift for him and the entire team to see how prepared he was when he came back. His preparation gave him confidence which gave us all confidence in the work we do."
Freshman Creaghan Diekema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) also stood out for the Bruins, providing strong minutes on the attack and scoring two goals. Diekema appeared in 17 matches during his first season of competition in the collegiate ranks back in the fall.
"We had good results and team performances this spring, but more importantly we are moving forward to the fall with a solid foundation of people and principles," Green said.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Belmont men's soccer program as its 2017 recruiting class and 2017 schedule will be announced in the coming days.
2017 Spring Results
Saturday, 3/18 // W, 3-0 // vs. Montevallo
- Goals: Diekema (1), Lopoyda (1), Efraim (1)
Saturday, 3/25 // L, 0-1 // vs. Georgia State
Sunday, 4/2 // W, 3-0 // vs. Sewanee
- Goals: Vuylsteke (1), Balani (2), Diekema (2)
Tuesday, 4/11 // W, 2-0 // vs. Trevecca
- Goals: Doellefeld (1), Vuylsteke (2)
Saturday, 4/22 // L, 1-2 // vs. Christian Brothers
- Goals: Vuylsteke (3)