GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Belmont Bruins round out its regular season and Southern Conference slate on the road against the Furman Paladins (10-6-1, 4-1-0 SoCon) Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Eugene Stone Soccer Stadium.
The two programs will meet for the third time in the last two seasons, as the Paladins hold a 7-1-0 all-time advantage over the Bruins (3-10-2, 1-3-1 SoCon). Belmont and Furman last battled in the 2018 Southern Conference Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinals, as the Paladins came away with a 4-2 victory in Johnson City, Tenn. Junior midfielder Esteban Lestido and sophomore forward Niccolo Dagnoni each nabbed points in the postseason contest for the Bruins.
Belmont's last victory in the series came in 2007, when they notched a 2-1 overtime win over 16th-ranked Furman. Overall, the Bruins have played the Paladins on the road in six of their eight meetings dating back to 1999.
LAST TIME OUT: Belmont fell 2-0 in its first Southern Conference road match of the season to the Mercer Bears Thursday. The Bears logged late goals in the first and second halves to log the victory. Four different Bruins recorded shots on the evening, as sophomore forward Ares Marlonsson led the Belmont attack with one shot on goal.
SCOUTING FURMAN: The Paladins are led by head coach Doug Allison, who is the longest-tenured coach in the Southern Conference (24 years). Allison boasts a 298-138-56 all-time record, which ranks among the top 20 in the nation among active coaches in NCAA Division I.
Furman currently holds a 10-6-1 (4-1-0, SoCon) record in 2019, as it recently tallied a 4-1 rout of Wofford Tuesday on the road. The Paladins lone conference loss came to the hands of Mercer last Saturday.
SEASON FINALE SUCCESS: Belmont has won three of its last four regular season finales, most recently in a 3-0 shutout of VMI in 2018.
LUCKY NOV. 2: The last time the Bruins took on Furman on Nov. 2, Belmont logged a 2-1 overtime victory over the 16th-ranked Paladins in 2007.
UP NEXT: Belmont prepares for the 2019 Southern Conference Men's Soccer Championships, which begin on Nov. 5. Opponent and location are to be determined based on seeding.