NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University Men's Soccer team fell 2-1 to the Georgia State Panthers on Tuesday evening at E.S. Rose Park.
The match was a physical one from the start with both sides jockeying for possession early. Both squads were able to generate offense early, but neither side had any great chances for the first 10 minutes of play.
In the 11thminute, senior Tony Doellefeld (St. Louis, Mo.) put the first shot on goal for either team but from a tough angle, the Panther keeper was able to make the save to keep the game scoreless.
The Panthers opened up the scoring in the 39thminute with a shot just inside the penalty spot found the bottom corner of the goal to give Georgia State a 1-0 advantage.
The second frame started with the Panthers being the aggressor. In the 49thminute, Belmont conceded a foul outside the 18, awarding Georgia State with a dangerous free kick that hit off the cross bar and just barely crossed the goal line giving the Panthers a two goal lead.
Although down a couple of scores, the Bruins never gave up finding ways to keep the Panthers off the board and penetrating the Georgia State defense in the final minutes of play. In the 80thminute, Belmont would break down the Panthers defense. Doellefeld played a through ball to freshman Ares Marlonsson (Denver, Colo.) who took a beautiful strike from the left side of the box that beat the Panthers keeper and skid into the bottom right corner of the net.
The Bruins kept up the offensive pressure for the remaining minutes of the match but were unable to find a late equalizer and would eventually fall 2-1.
The Bruins will be back in action Saturday, September 15th as they travel to Memphis for a 7:00 p.m. CT kickoff.