Encouraging Start

Encouraging Start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's soccer started quickly and didn't let up in registering a 5-2 victory over Faulkner in exhibition play Friday.

The Bruins, who began preseason training earlier in the week with 19 newcomers, demonstrated far greater cohesiveness and familiarity than expected.

In the third minute, junior keeper Alex Seeley (Longmont, Colo.) made a solid save to keep an early clean sheet. Moments later, junior Adam Voloder (New South Wales, Australia) drove a low cross into the box to the waiting right foot of junior Sam Borgel (Marietta, Ga.) who confidently struck it to the back of the net for a 1-0 Bruin lead.

In the 13th minute, Faulkner was awarded a penalty kick, but the Eagles' attempt rattled the right post.

Seven minutes later, sophomore Creaghan Diekema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) made a strong run down the left side. His cross to the edge of the 18 again found Borgel, who was the beneficiary of a near identical goal to his first.

The Bruin momentum continued in the 27th minute as Diekema blasted home a rebound on the doorstep to extend the margin to 3-0.

Faulkner got one back late in the first half on a well-struck free kick from Mateus Cesar.

Borgel made it a hat trick at 47:54 on a deft penalty kick following a Faulkner handball in the box.

Freshman Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy) increased the margin to 5-1 on his first tally in a Bruin uniform with an assist from freshman Jaime Giraldo Angel (Bogota, Columbia).

Freshman goalkeeper Nicolo Dini (Settala, Italy) relieved Seeley in net and saw extended play.

Belmont returns to exhibition action Monday, Aug. 14 vs. Mercer. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. CT.