NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University Men's Soccer will be back on the pitch Tuesday to take on non-conference foe Georgia State on Tuesday. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 p.m. CT at E.S. Rose Park.
Georgia State leads the all-time series between the two sides 8-4-0. Even though the Bruins trail in the all-time standings, the Bruins have won the last three meetings with the Panthers.
Last time the teams met was last season when the Bruins took home the 1-0 victory. Sophomore Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy) score in the second minute of the match and the Bruins held on to take home the victory. Though it was supposed to be a home game for the Panthers, the teams were forced to play on a neutral side about 45 minutes away from GSU's home pitch because of inclement weather conditions in the Atlanta area.
GET TO KNOW GEORGIA
The Panthers are riding a three-game winning streak after dropping their first two contest, one of which was to No. 9 Louisville. The Georgia State offense has been in good form early on in the season, outshooting and outscoring opponents. The Panthers have scored six goals with all but one of them coming in the second half. The Panthers are a veteran squad, with several returning starters and were picked to finish second in the Sun Belt conference this season after losing the conference title match a year ago.
NIGEL NETS HIS FIRST
After their first three matches, the Bruins made some lineup and formation tweaks ahead of last Saturday's match. Although sophomore Nigel Leo (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) was moved to the back line for the last match, he scored his first career goal on Saturday against San Diego.
Freshman Daniel Twizer (Haifa, Israel) has proven to be an incredibly important piece to the Bruins' offense early on in the season. He is one of three players on the Belmont roster that has found the back of the net and leads the team with eight shots. Of his eight strikes, he has landed an impressive five on frame for a shot on goal percentage of .625. His impressive percentage leads the Southern Conference.
DINI SAVES THE DAY
Sophomore keeper Nicolo Dini (Settala, Italy) has been impressive between the pipes this season. Last time out, Dini made eight save against San Diego. In the match, he was pepper with double-digit shots and corner kicks and allowed just one goal. Dini has made 18 saves this season in his three appearances.
Fans can catch the game via live stream or on twitter @BelmontMSoccer. Live stats will also be available.