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Can't break through

Can't break through

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Despite battering the net with shots all night, the Belmont women's soccer team dropped a conference game at Tennessee Tech on Tuesday night, 2-0.

Belmont out-shot the Golden Eagles, 19-8, the Bruins' most shots in a game in nearly a month. A whopping 10 of those were on goal.

"Soccer's the only sport you can out-perform and out-shoot your opponents and still lose," Belmont Head Coach Heather Henson said. "But you play like this on any given day, on most occasions you're going to win."

The loss dropped the Bruins to 2-2-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play, and 4-5-2 overall. 

After coming out slow against SIU Edwardsville their last time out, the Bruins turned up the offensive intensity in the early goings against the Golden Eagles (6-6, 2-3 OVC). Belmont took 10 shots in the opening half while pressing the ball forward with force.

"As a staff, we thought they brought the energy we asked of them," Henson continued. "They listened to the game plan. We were just missing the final piece, the execution. We created lots of good opportunities; we just need to finish."

One of Tech's rare shots slipped past the Belmont goal keeper in the 13th minute to put the Bruins behind, 1-0. That's where the score stood as the teams broke for halftime.

Normally an excellent second-half team, Belmont saw its deficit double just two minutes after intermission though when the Golden Eagles scored on a set piece from the corner. Despite continued pressure on Tennessee Tech keeper Kari Naerdemann, Belmont could never convert for an answer. She made 10 saves to preserve the shutout.

"We fought really hard to get those opportunities, but in the future we need to be more composed in front of the goal and put those away," said sophomore forward Julie Garst (Franklin, Tenn.), who led the Bruins with five shots.

"Sometimes we get there and we freak out a little. If you're in your head too much, that really affects your game."

It was a rare mid-week game for Belmont, a makeup after the originally scheduled contest was rained out in September. The Bruins were on fire through the bulk of that month during a six-game unbeaten streak, but Tuesday's game marked Belmont's second straight loss.

The Bruins hope to move back in a positive direction with a pair of games this weekend. Belmont visits Jacksonville State on Friday and hosts Eastern Kentucky back at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville on Sunday.