EVANSVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University men's soccer team dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Evansville after a long and soggy midweek game.
The Bruins showed no sign of fatigue after playing in Nashville on Saturday. In the first minute of the game, an Evansville defender mishandled the ball and junior Adam Voloder (New South Wales, Australia) capitalized on the chance. After turning the ball up field, the Bruins' launched a beautiful attack. Freshman Jaime Giraldo Angel (Bogota, Columbia) passed the ball to junior Creaghan Diekema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) who struck the ball from the left side of the goal, near the 18-yard mark, to net the Bruins first goal of the match.
The Purple Aces would find an equalizer in the 15th minute of the match when Hunter DeWeese blasted a ball from nearly 20 yards out that found the back of the net.
The Belmont squad continued to possess the ball well and unnerve the Purple Aces back line. BU launched another beautiful attack in the 23rd minute. Diekema crossed the ball in from the left side to the foot of Voloder who was waiting just in front of the goal. Voloder would then slot the ball just inside the right post to put the Bruins up 2-1.
Belmont was effective in their offensive attacks throughout the first half, recording their two goals on three shots.
Freshman Nicolo Dini (Settala, Italy) made four saves in the first half to help the Bruins keep their 2-1 lead going into the locker room.
Belmont continued to press the gas coming out of the locker room before the game was delayed in the 59th minute due to lightning.
After a nearly 40-minute weather delay, the game would resume amid heavy rain.
In the 75th minute the Purple Aces launched an attack that resulted in Caleb Williams slotting the ball just inside the right post to tie the score at 2-2.
Belmont created many offensive chances in the second half. In the last minute of the game, Voloder had a breakaway and challenged the Evansville keeper who had come off his line. Voloder got a good shot off, but the Purple Aces keeper made a spectacular save to keep the score tied.
The game was tied at the end of regulation, so the game would head into a golden goal overtime period.
A goal in the 96th minute of the game by the Purple Aces would prove to be the difference.
The Bruins ultimately fell to the Purple Aces 3-2.
Belmont will be back on the pitch Sunday at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m. CT