NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University Men's Soccer hosts Southern Conference competitor, Furman on Tuesday night at E.S. Rose Park. Kickoff for the first ever Southern Conference match on Belmont's home pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT.
Just days ago, Belmont made its Southern Conference debut at UNC Greensboro. The Bruins made a statement in its first match, fighting back from an 0-2 deficit at halftime to equalize and ultimately tie preseason conference favorite UNCG on Saturday. Belmont showcased impressive offense, putting eight of its 11 shots
MARLONSSON WITH THE BRACE
Freshman Ares Marlonsson (Denver, Colo.) impressed in his SoCon debut performance, scoring two goals to propel the Belmont comeback Saturday evening. With his two second-half goals, assisted by sophomore Nigel Leo (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy) respectively, Marlonsson became the first Bruin to secure a brace since 2015. Marlonsson now leads the team with three goals and four assists for 10 points.
Tuesday will be the sixth time that the two sides have met each other on the pitch. Furman leads the series 5-1-0, however, the last time the teams played each other was in 2009 when the Paladins defeated Belmont 3-0.
GET TO KNOW FURMAN
The Paladins, led by head coach Doug Allison, are 6-4-1 on the year, but have yet to play a conference match. Furman is averaging a goal a game in its first 11 matches of the season. Six of their 11 goals have come from Emery may and Laurence Wyke who have both scored three each. On the other end of the pitch, opponents are also scoring a goal per game on average even though they are taking far fewer shots than Furman who averages over 14 shots a game, the second best in the SoCon. Belmont and Furman have played one common opponent, Presbyterian. Both teams defeated the Blue Hose 1-0.
Live stats and a digital stream of the match will be available. As always, fans can follow @BelmontMSoccer on twitter for live updates throughout the match.