EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Belmont University men's soccer fell 2-0 to the SIUE Cougars Saturday night at Korte Stadium. A goal each in the first and second half proved to be the difference in the match.
From the first whistle, SIUE was on the attack. In the first minute, the Cougars launched an attack that ended with sophomore Nicolo Dini (Settala, Italy) making a save. After the first offensive surge by the Cougars, Belmont settled in its attacking third, gaining a good amount of possession in the next minutes. However, SIUE got in the scoring column first in the 21st minute after a strike from the right side squeezed into the left corner of Belmont's net. The remainder of the first frame saw back and forth action, but the Bruins would head into the break at a 0-1 deficit. Belmont earned three corners and rocketed five shots in the first half but weren't able to put one on frame.
Belmont came out of the gate hot in the second half pushing in its attacking third. Just a minute into the second frame, the Bruins' earned a corner but were unable to get on the end of it. In the 53rd minute, sophomore Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy) put the first shot on frame for BU, but the Cougars' keeper came off his line to make the save. Bennati continued to give the SIUE defense problems, rocketing another shot in the 54th minute that was high and wide. The Cougars added an insurance goal in the 76thminute to take a 2-0 lead over the Bruins after a low cross set up the SIUE goal. Although the Bruins were unable to find the back of the net, the side put up its share of offense, earning four corners and peppering seven shots.
The Bruins will be back in action Saturday, October 6 at UNC Greensboro. Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m. CST.