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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Bruins will host its final regular season home match of the season against the ETSU Buccaneers Tuesday. Kickoff for the Southern Conference bout is set for 6:30 p.m. at E.S. Rose Park. 

MATCH NOTES

In five all-time meetings between the in-state foes, the Buccaneers (6-7-2, 2-2-0 SoCon) lead the series by a 3-2-0 advantage. However, the Bruins (3-8-2, 1-1-1 SoCon) won their last home match over 22nd-ranked ETSU in 2011 by a score of 3-1. 

The former Atlantic Sun rivals met for the first time in Southern Conference play last season. The Buccaneers came away with a 2-1 home victory in 2018, as sophomore forward Niccolo Dagnoni nabbed the lone goal for Belmont. 

Overall, each of the Bruins victories in the series have come at home, as they have won two of their last three home matches with ETSU.

LAST TIME OUT: Belmont extended its unbeaten streak against the VMI Keydets to five matches with a 3-1 road victory Saturday. Three different Bruins scored in the Bruins first conference win of the season.  

Junior midfielder Jack Shaw kicked off Belmont's scoring on the day in the eighth minute, as sophomore forwards Dagnoni and Ares Marlonsson recorded a pair of second-half goals to close the match. 

SCOUTING ETSU: The Buccaneers are led by second-year head coach David Casper, who helped ETSU to a 9-7-1 (4-1-1, SoCon) record last season. Casper previously spent time as an assistant at Kentucky and NCAA Division I program Saint Francis. 

The Buccaneers most recently dropped 1-0  Saturday to the UNC Greensboro Spartans at home. In total, ETSU has been shutout in six of its seven losses in the 2019 season, as two have come in conference play to the Spartans and the Furman Paladins.

FLIPPING THE SWITCH: With seven goals through three conference matches this season, the Bruins have the best goals per match in Southern Conference play (2.33). They also have the second-best assists per match (1.67).

SHOTS GALORE: Belmont fired a season-high 19 shots with 10 shots on goal against the Keydets on Saturday. The Bruins now has double-digit shots on goal in two of their last three matches.

NO. 150: With a road victory over the Keydets on Saturday, Belmont logged its 150th win in program history. 

FOLLOW THE BRUINS: Tuesday's tilt can be streamed via ESPN+ or tracked by live stats 

UP NEXT: The Bruins will finish their regular season slate Saturday on the road against the Furman Paladins. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Eugene Stone Stadium. Belmont is also set to play its previously postponed match with the Mercer Bears before the 2019 Southern Conference Men's Soccer Championship begins on Nov. 5.