Men's Soccer Is Back On The Road, Playing At Evansville Wednesday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - After winning the Mafiaoza's Invitational at home this past weekend, Belmont starts a four game road trip at Evansville Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins are coming off two straight wins and are looking to move above .500 for the first time in 2010.
The Bruins and the Purple Aces have played each other on four occasions in the all-time series. Each squad has won two matches, with Evansville coming away with a 4-1 victory in the most recent contest (2007). In 2005 and 2006, BU recorded 2-0 and 1-0 wins, respectively. Back in 2000, the Purple Aces won 6-0 in the first meeting between the two teams.
After finishing 12-8-1 and falling to Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship match in 2009, Evansville is off to a good start in 2010. The Purple Aces have opened the year 3-1-0 with wins over Washington, Alabama A&M and East Tennessee State. The only loss thus far for Evansville was a 2-1 road contest at Portland. Senior Mike Luttrull leads the Purple Aces with five goals and one assist on the season.
The Bruins opened their 2010 home slate by winning the Mafiaoza's Invitational with a 2-0 mark this past weekend. After topping Centenary on Friday by a score of 5-2, BU defeated Gardner-Webb 2-1 on Sunday. Belmont gave up the first score of the game before sophomore Brandon Tarr scored two straight goals to give the Bruins the 2-1 victory. Freshman Nico Olsak and sophomore Bradley Shuck recorded the assists on Tarr's two goals.
After scoring three goals and adding one assist during Belmont's 2-0 week, sophomore Brandon Tarr received Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors for the first time this season. Tarr scored one goal and recorded one assist in Belmont's 5-2 win over Centenary. He then tallied both scores, including the game-winner in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Gardner-Webb.
Belmont will next continue the four game road trip with competition at the Lipscomb Invitational on September 17 and 19. BU will challenge UAB on the 17th at 3:00 p.m. and take on UNC Asheville on the 19th at 2:00 p.m. The road trip ends with a match at Duquesne, September 25 at 6:00 p.m.