NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Belmont University men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision against the Wright State Raiders after a late comeback fell just short.
The Bruins came out of the gate hot, creating many promising chances for themselves, but it would be Wright State who netted two goals in the first half. The Raiders scored in the 25th and 31st minutes.
Even though the Bruins went down two goals early, they wouldn't let off the gas.
Freshman Nigel Leo (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) recorded the first shot of the match in the twelfth minute. The shot from his left foot flew to the left of the goal.
Freshman Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy) was strong offensively in the first half. In the 19th minute, Bennati had a great shot that was blocked by the Raiders' keeper. Just after, he dispossessed the defender and made a great cross in to Leo, but he couldn't get a clean shot.
After the halftime break, Belmont came out with completely new life. In the opening minutes of the second stanza, junior Sam Borgel (Marietta, Ga.) and junior Adam Voloder (New South Wales, Australia) had great opportunities, but Borgel's shot was saved while Voloder's flew high.
BU possessed the ball for most of the second period.
The Bruins would strike in the 63rd minute. BU was awarded a free kick some 50 yards out from the goal towards the left sideline. Borgel took the kick and beautifully placed the ball in the upper right corner of the goal just above the Wright State keeper to cut the Raiders' lead in half.
The Bruins showed renewed life after Borgel's goal and launched several attacks. Even though the BU squad maintained possession in their attacking third for nearly the rest of the game, Belmont's final push couldn't yield an equalizer.
Belmont will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Indiana to take on Evansville. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. CT.