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Topped by the Bears

Topped by the Bears

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University men's soccer dropped a 3-1 decision to SoCon opponent, Mercer on a rainy Tuesday night at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn.

In the ninth minute, sophomore Nick Kramer (Lancaster, Pa.) rocketed Belmont's first shot of the night. His volley, from well past the 18, nearly found its way on target, but skipped just wide of frame. 

The Bruins continued to press offensively and found the back of the net in the 21stminute. After a corner kick bounced around in the box, freshman Liam O'Brien (Freehold, N.J.) got his head on it and put the shot on frame. The Mercer keeper made an impressive stop, but O'Brien once again found the rebound and headed the ball to the back of the net. 

After Belmont took a 1-0 lead, Mercer found some urgency and netted an equalizer in the 25thminute and then took a 2-1 lead in the 28thminute. 

The two sides traded possession and chances for the remainder of the first frame, but neither side would net another before heading into the locker room. At halftime, the Bruins had registered three shots and earned three corners to Mercers one. 

In the second frame, the Bruins had the better possession in the early minutes of the second half. In the 50thminute, freshman Ares Marlonsson (Denver, Colo.) nearly equalized when his shot beat the keeper, but a Mercer defender was on the goal line to clear it out.  

Mercer netted its third and final goal of the match in the 53rdminute after a Belmont foul just outside the box set up what would be a beautiful free kick. 

Belmont never let up the pressure and earned many offensive opportunities including seven second-half corner kicks but wasn't able to get on the end of any of them. 

In the final minutes, sophomore Matteo Bennati (Genova, Italy) and freshman Daniel Twizer (Haifa, Italy) both put dangerous shots towards the goal, testing Mercer's defense but ultimately fell 3-1. 

Belmont will be back in action for a Southern Conference matchup Saturday, October 20thas it heads to Wofford.