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Adriano Balani
Photo by Kenzie Crooks
Adriano Balani Photo by Kenzie Crooks

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Belmont University men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 double overtime decision to Green Bay Saturday night in Wisconsin.

The game opened with both squads trying to find their footing. Both teams had decent looks in the first frame, but could not finish. The teams would go into the locker room at halftime scoreless.

Belmont made some adjustments at halftime and came out ready to play in the second half.  The Bruins' defense played an impressive second half, defending all of Green Bay's seven shots. In between the posts, Freshman Nicolo Dini (Settala, Italy) totaled four saves on the night.

The BU offense also stepped up its play in the second frame.  The Belmont attacking third earned several corners, shots, and fouls stemming from longer stretches of offensive attack.

Even though play stepped up in the second frame, neither team could find the back of the net, so the game would head into overtime.

Freshman Nick Kramer (Lancaster, Penn.) threatened to put the game away in the 94th minute, but slipped as he shot the ball and was unable to put the shot on frame. Green Bay got off one shot in the first overtime period, but the shot flew wide forcing a second overtime period.

In the 103rd minute, junior Matt Vuylsteke (Hamilton, Ont., Canada) tried for the back of the net, but the Green Bay keeper was there to keep the Bruins from netting a winner. 

The match would be decided in the 105th minute when Green Bay launched an attack that ended with Audi Jepson scoring the lone goal of the night to defeat the Bruins 1-0.

Belmont will be back on their home pitch Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. CT for senior night.