SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Belmont women's soccer team (2-7, 1-2 A-Sun) snapped a four-match skid in fine fashion on Friday night on the road. The Bruins picked up their first shutout of the season with a convincing 5-0 victory over USC Upstate (2-8, 0-2 A-Sun).
The first half was intense on both sides of the ball as neither team was able to finish early scoring opportunities. Junior Jamie Loftis attacked the Spartan goal just 90 seconds in and nearly netted the first goal of the night. Unfortunately, her shot nicked the crossbar and ricocheted away. It looked as if the teams would head into the break locked in a 0-0 stalemate but junior Dani Stolt (Morris Plains, N.J.) was able to find the back of the net from the top of the box with just three minutes left on the clock after touches from seniors Erica Carter (Spring, Texas) and Lydia Wright (Franklin, Tenn.).
After the break, Belmont wasted little time using the momentum, adding a second goal in the 53rd minute courtesy of sophomore Laura Harris (Macon, Ga.) with the help of a corner kick from classmate Lauren Paynter (Danville, Ky.). Ahead two goals to nil, the Bruins relaxed and controlled the tempo of the match. In the 68th minute, junior Alex Morgado (Suwanee, Ga.) netted her first goal of the season with a strike from 22 yards out. Catching onto the momentum, just 30 seconds later senior Jayme Trocino (Franklin, Tenn.) picked up her goal of the season from an excellent cross by freshman Bailey Kimbell (Birmingham, Ala.) to put Belmont ahead, 4-0. The scoring onslaught continued into the 82nd minute with Paynter nabbing her third score of the season off a ball from classmate Jane Owen Robbins (Ridgeland, Miss.). BU went on to hold onto its 5-0 victory for its first shutout of the campaign.
"I was really happy we scored in so many different ways tonight," said Head Coach Lisa Howe. "We were able to score from corner kicks, from set pieces, from crosses. I also liked the timeliness of our goals. We set out to score in the first half. We started to get worried because it got late in the first but Dani was able to score in the 42nd minute for us. Her goal was key for us going into the second half with some positivity and with momentum."
Trocino and Stolt led the Bruins offensive effort with three shots apiece. Morgado added two in the effort.
Freshman Nicole Berner (Randolph, N.J.) went the distance in goal for BU, recording three saves on the night.
Belmont held the advantage in shots, 16-9, and corner kicks, 5-1.
Belmont returns to action on Sunday at ETSU. Match time is set for 1 p.m. CT. The contest at ETSU will also be shown live on ASun.TV: https://asun.neulion.com/asc/console.jsp, and will have live stats available here: http://etsubucs.cstv.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wsoccer.html?event=907127&school=etsu&sport=wsoccer&camefrom=&startschool=&.