INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Belmont University Men's Soccer team improved to 4-6-2 after picking up a crucial conference win on Sunday afternoon, beating the IUPUI Jaguars 1-0.
The wet and windy game got off to a slow start with neither team possessing the ball well, but the Bruins' quickly found their footing.
The game started to open-up in the 33rd minute when the Bruins netted the first goal of the match.
After launching an offensive attack, the Bruins were awarded a corner kick from the left side. Senior Adriano Balani (Durres, Albania) took the kick and beautifully bent the ball on frame. The Jaguars keeper attempted to punch the ball out of danger, but was unsuccessful. The goal was the first of the season for Balani and the first since his freshman campaign.
The Bruins' would head into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
BU came out of the locker room slow and defended for the first few minutes of the period. Belmont would again find their offensive footing and possess the ball well in the midfield to distribute many offensive attacks.
In the 74th minute of the match, Belmont had a pair of corner kicks that proved to be dangerous. The first was headed out by a Jags defender after bouncing around in the box. The gusting wind took the second ball over the baseline.
The Jaguars launched a few attacks in the last 10 minutes of the match, but the Belmont defense was up to the challenge. IUPUI was unable to get any real chances.
"Today, we had a lot of good attacking moments, but more importantly didn't hurt ourselves with defensive errors or bad turnovers," said Head Coach Bryan Green
Belmont outshot the Jaguars 14 to nine and took 11 corner kicks to IUPUI's six.
The Bruins would defend their one goal lead and defeat the Jaguars 1-0. The Belmont squad is now 4-1 when scoring the first goal of the match.
"We are still vying for a spot in the Horizon League playoffs. We had a tough stretch leading up to this, but we had been playing well. We showed a lot of mental toughness to bounce back. The resolve that kept us going will hopefully become belief in what we can do and our ability to achieve our goals," said Green.
The Bruins are back in action Tuesday as they take on Eastern Illinois. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.