NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University men's soccer team continues conference action Sunday afternoon as they continue their three-game road stint at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Bruins played Tuesday night in Evansville, Ind. as they took on the University of Evansville Purple Aces.
BU came out of the gate hot and junior Creaghan Diekema (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored in the first 45 seconds of the match.
Evansville would find an early equalizer in the 15th minute, but the Bruins continued to be on the attack. The Bruins would pull ahead again in the 23rd minute when junior Adam Voloder (New South Wales, Australia) slotted the ball just inside the right post to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead that would hold through the first half.
After the half, the match was delayed in the 59th minute due to lightning. After nearly 40 minutes of delay, the match would resume. The Purple Aces scored again in the 75th minute.
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 as the Bruins ultimately fell 3-2.
The Bruins have been solid and consistent in the attacking third, having been awarded 71 corner kicks to their opponents 42. The squad averages 6.45 corner kicks per game, the most in the Horizon League and fourteenth most in the nation.
Belmont's back line has been solid this season. The back line, led by senior Dan Brown (Franklin, Tenn.) and freshman Itzik Efraim (Even Sapir, Jerusalem) have helped the Bruins record three shutouts. The squad is second in the conference in team saves per game (4.27) and third in the conference in team save percentage (0.734).
Scouting the Jaguars
Head Coach Brian Barnett is in his second season at the helm of the IUPUI men's soccer program. The squad is strong defensively, leading the conference in team saves per game (5.40). IUPUI has scored six goals this season and average 6.7 shots per game. The Jaguars have taken 33 corner kicks to their opponents 79.
Players to Watch
Senior Uriel Macias has been the leading offensive presence of the IUPUI squad during the 2017 campaign. Macias has recorded two goals and one assist for five points. He scored his second goal of the season last week against Detroit Mercy. Sophomore Alan Aguilar has yet to find the back of the net this season, but has distributed the ball well in the attacking third, leading the team with two assists this season.
Last Time Out
Last Saturday, IUPUI fell to fellow Horizon League member Detroit Mercy 2-1. The game was played at the Titan's home field in Detroit, Mich.
The Series Breakdown
The Bruins are looking for their first program win against IUPUI. The Bruins are 0-1-1 all-time against the Jaguars. Their last meeting was in 2015 at the Lipscomb Invitational where the game ended in a 1-1 double overtime tie.
Kickoff is slated for 12:00 p.m. CT. Follow @belmontmsoccer on twitter for live updates.