CLINTON, S.C. – Belmont University Men's Soccer notched its first win of the season with a thrilling 1-0 double overtime victory over Presbyterian Tuesday night.
The Bruins came out of the gate hot by gaining a good amount of possession and getting things going in its attacking third. Though Belmont was not able to net one in the first frame, the Bruins put the heat on Presbyterian, outshooting the Blue Hose 4-1.
Presbyterian did however, make its share of offensive threats, earning four corners and taking one shot, but neither side was able to put anything on target and headed into the locker rooms tied 0-0.
The Blue Hose came out of the break with an attacking mindset. In the 48thminute, sophomore Nicolo Dini (Settala, Italy) came off his line to make a huge save, denying Presbyterian of a go-ahead goal. Dini was continually tested for the remainder of the second half as the Blue Hose blasted 11 shots and forced Dini to make 7 saves.
In the 88thminute, sophomore Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy) found some space and launched the Bruins' first shot of the half. His shot nearly put the game away, but the Presbyterian keeper made the save. After 90 minutes of scoreless play, the sides would head into a golden goal overtime period.
In the first overtime period, Belmont went on the attack early. In the 96thminute, senior Adam Voloder (New South Wales, Australia) nearly put the game away when his shot hit the left post. Presbyterian countered on the very next play, putting a shot on frame, but Dini made yet another save to keep the game alive. Dini made his ninth save of the night in the 99' that would ultimately send the sides in to a second overtime period.
The Bruins secured its first win of the season in the 101' when Voloder played a ball to freshman Ares Marlonsson (Denver, Colo.) who buried it in the left corner to give Belmont the 1-0 victory.
Belmont has a full week of rest and will be back on the pitch Tuesday, September 25th as it hosts Eastern Illinois.