NASHVILLE, Tenn. – All good things must come to an end and Belmont's six-game unbeaten streak in women's soccer action did on Sunday.
The Bruins lost for the the first time in more than a month as SIU Edwardsville came out on top, 2-0, at E.S. Rose Park. Belmont had been 4-0-2 in games during the month of September. The loss drops BU to 4-4-2 with a 2-1-1 mark in Ohio Valley Conference games.
SIUE (5-6, 4-2 OVC) came out with immediate intense pressure, firing four shots in the first three minutes to knock the Bruins back on their heels. The quick start set the tone for the visiting Cougars, something Belmont will need to learn from and avoid in games moving forward.
"You haven't failed, you've learned. If we're having losses, let's learn from them," Belmont Head Coach Heather Henson said. "We're going to get better because we have to make the changes for next time."
The Bruins fell behind in the 24th minute on an own goal, but as they have throughout their recent hot stretch, the players came out refocused and energized in the second half. After allowing nine shots in the first half, Belmont's defense held SIUE to just one in the final 45 minutes.
Belmont AD Scott Corley presented head coach Heather Henson with a commemorative game ball before today's game. Henson set the program record for career wins at 53 last week. Congrats again coach!#itsbruintime pic.twitter.com/2GPG7QJu2j— Belmont Womens Soccer (@BelmontWSoccer) September 30, 2018
Unfortunately, that shot found the back of the net off the boot of Andrea Frerker in the 59th minute.
The teams were even in shots, 10-10. It's only Belmont's second time being shut out this season.
SIUE maintains a share of first place in the OVC with its victory. The Cougars are tied with Murray State (4-1 OVC) at 12 points, though both have played more conference games than the Bruins. Belmont has seven points collected in just four games.
That's because of a rainout a week ago at Tennessee Tech. That game will be made up this Tuesday, making for a quick turnaround for the Bruins' next action. The trip on two days' rest will be Belmont's second game in a stretch of five in 10 days.
"You can't think about being tired; you can't acknowledge that you're tired," senior defender Sarah Bossung (Nashville, Tenn.) said of the marathon haul. "If you do, you're just going to knock yourself down more. We need to remind ourselves that we have a game on Tuesday. We're here to win and being tired isn't an option."
Tuesday's game is set for 6 p.m. at Tech Soccer Field in Cookeville, Tenn.