NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Belmont women's soccer team opened its 2019 home campaign at Rose Park, finishing in a 0-0 double overtime draw against Georgia.
The Bruins look to continue that momentum on Sunday, facing Evansville at 2 p.m.
"I couldn't be more proud of the defensive work for the ladies," Henson said. "I think we had some opportunities (in the Georgia game) where we lost the flow of the game itself, but we were able to gain it back. I think being at home is always great. I'll take that any day of the week in our preparation for the OVC."
Having played a Power 5 team at Rose Park for the second time in three years, Thursday's draw was the first tie against a Power 5 opponent in program history. Senior goalkeeper Lily Herman was one save shy from tying a career high, collecting eight saves on the night.
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Belmont has held its last three opponents to just one goal per game, hoping to carry that same defensive effort over to Sunday's match.
"Now, we do have that mentality piece (defensively)," Herman said. "We're confident and excited. Right now, it's taking those two days (of rest) to recover our bodies and get ourselves right for Evansville."
Evansville presents a familiar foe for Belmont, with the Bruins searching for their first win over the Purple Aces since 2012. This will be the second of three Missouri Valley Conference opponents Belmont faces this season, marking the first time Belmont has played three or more MVC schools since the 2000 season.
The matchup provides a reunion for Belmont and Evansville, with the Belmont making its first strides in conference play as members of the MVC. In its lone season in the MVC, Belmont made the MVC Tournament and fell in the first round to Illinois State 4-1.
"We're proud of what we did and what we accomplished. It wasn't a win, but we'll take a tie. That was the key takeaway: what's our mentality. What did we do to prepare for this game and we have to do that for Evansville. We have to do that for each game from here on out and that's the key piece. What is our mentality and how we prepare for this game and we have to take that moving forward for each game."
Evansville is coming off a 2-1 loss to SEMO and is desperate for its first victory with an 0-3-1 record. The Purple Aces have been outscored 12-3, facing three opponents on Belmont's schedule so far this season. Despite the defeats, Evansville has been more efficient with its shots in 2019. They have a shot percentage of .158 compared to their opponents at .156.
The Purple Aces have had three different players score a goal, led by Emily Ormson with six shots. Jayme Lee-Hunter has been Evansville's most efficient shot taker this season, scoring a goal in her first three shot attempts. Evansville is led in goal by Michaela Till, who has come up with 30 saves and has a save percentage of .714.