NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University men's soccer team claimed its third victory of the season Saturday afternoon as they knocked off Milwaukee 2-1 at E.S. Rose Park.
Conference foe Milwaukee, who is known for its high-octane offense, came out of the gate quickly keeping possession in their attacking third for most of the first five minutes of the match.
Belmont quickly settled in, and saw their first offensive look in the sixth minute. The offensive duo of sophomore Creaghan Diekema (Grand Rapids, Mich) and freshman Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy) worked their way up the field, and Bennati fired a shot from nine yards out that the Milwaukee keeper blocked. A Panther defender attempted to clear the rebound, but Bennati intercepted the ball and fired a shot that found the back of the net for his third goal on the season.
With the early goal, the Bruins' would settle into a defensive battle for the rest of the first half.
Junior Tony Doellefeld (Saint Louis, Mo.) had another great look late in the first half striking the ball through a host of defenders from the center of the box, but the Panther's keeper made an impressive stop to keep the score 1-0 before heading into halftime.
Belmont came out of the locker room hot, with junior Sam Borgel (Marietta, Ga.) striking a ball from the left side that forced another diving block by the Milwaukee keeper in the 47th minute. Junior Adam Voloder (New South Wales, Australia) wrangled in the rebound and took a beautiful strike from the left side that found its way into the right side of the goal for his first goal as a Bruin to make the score 2-0.
Milwaukee was awarded a free kick in the 68th minute that was served into the box and bounced around before Sean Reynolds squeezed the ball into the left side of the net to put the Panthers on the board.
The Panthers seemed to find new life after getting on the board and forced the Belmont defense to work hard to keep them from striking again.
Voloder's second half goal would prove to be the difference lifting the Bruins' to a 2-1 win.
The Bruins outshot the Panthers 11 to eight.
Junior Alex Seeley (Longmont, Colo.) came into the match leading the Horizon League in save percentage (0.957), total saves (22) and goals against average (0.194). His save percentage was also the second-best in the nation. Today, Seeley finished the match with two saves and racked up his third win of the season.
After defeating regionally-ranked Georgia State Panthers Tuesday, Belmont went 2-0 vs. 'Panther' teams this week.
The Bruins (3-1-2) will be back in action Saturday September 23 in Detroit, Mich. to take on fellow Horizon League member Detroit Mercy. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m. CT.