CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Belmont men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision against fellow Horizon League member Cleveland State on the road Saturday night.
The Bruins stepped on the pitch with a fire in the first half. Belmont threatened early with a corner kick in the fourth minute, but were unable to convert.
Minutes after, junior Sam Borgel (Marietta, Ga.) and freshman Nigel Leo (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) unleashed two shots in the 16th minute that forced the Cleveland State keeper to make two early saves to keep the Bruins off the board.
Cleveland would register their first shot in the 22nd minute that flew wide. The Vikings would find their offensive footing striking in the 26th minute.
The Vikings would not let off the gas and registered their second goal of the contest in the 41st minute.
The Bruins would launch a beautiful attack in the last minute of the first half. Senior Adriano Balani (Durres, Albania) made a terrific cross that junior Adam Voloder (New South Wales, Australia) got a head on six yards out and put the ball inside the left post to cut the Cleveland State lead in half. The Bruins would head to the locker room with a 2-1 deficit.
Belmont pushed for the equalizer early in the second period, getting off multiple shots but were unable to find the back of the net.
Junior Alex Seeley (Longmont, Colo.) made two crucial saves in the second period to keep Cleveland State from finding the back of the net.
Junior Creaghan Diekema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had the best look of the second half in the 49th minute. Belmont was on the attack with one Viking defender between them and the goal, but Diekema's shot was stopped by the Cleveland keeper.
Even though they created many chances, Belmont's valiant comeback efforts fell short. The Vikings would ultimately win the match 2-1.
"Cleveland State is a good team and they had two good finishes. Their keeper came up big once and we just missed the goal on a few others. Our guys did a great job of bouncing back from two goals down to get a goal back. We came out strong in the second half and kept creating chances, but credit to Cleveland State; they did enough to preserve the win," Said Head Coach Bryan Green.
The Bruins were outshot 13 to 16 in the match and each squad recorded seven corners on the night.
Belmont will be back on the pitch Tuesday as they travel to NC State to take on the Wolfpack. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. CT.