Bruin Blitz: 10/10-10/14
Oct. 10 v. SIUE
In a matchup between two undefeated conference teams, the women’s soccer team was handed its first conference loss of the season in a 1-0 contest against SIUE Friday afternoon.
During the first half, both teams exchanged defensive possessions back and forth as both backlines proved to be tough.
Senior Alison Alcott gave Belmont the best chances to notch a goal as the defender almost scored on a pair of free kicks which bounced off the crossbar.
The Cougars took the early lead five minutes into the second half on the goal from Emily Grahl. While the team remained down a goal, the Bruins continued to press forward and fired off several close shots.
However, SIUE managed to play keep away in the final minutes to hand Belmont its first conference loss. Alcott led Belmont with four shots while junior Lindsey Epse recorded four saves.
Oct. 12 v. SEMO
Days after its first conference loss, the Belmont women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker against Southeast Missouri Sunday afternoon at E.S. Rose Park.
Natasha Minor scored the game winner on a penalty kick after the Redhawks drew a controversial penalty in the final minutes.
With the loss, Belmont falls to 1-2-2 in OVC action and 4-5-4 on the season.
An early chance for the Bruins came on a counterattack in the fifth minute led by Meg Howard, who tried to find freshman Tara Austin in the box. The SEMO defense cleared away the attempt.
As the first half progressed, Alcott produced several chances off four free kicks for Belmont and found a wide-open Howard in the 29th minute, but the play was called offside.
By the end of the first half, Belmont doubled the shot total of SEMO to hold a 10-5 advantage.
The physicality of the game increased for both teams as the second half progressed. The match would eventually end with a combined 19 fouls, 12 of which occurred in the second half.
The Redhawks managed to draw the penalty against the Bruins backline and were awarded a penalty kick, which Minor put away for the goal.
The Bruins were forced to play a man down for the final minutes after Taylor Smith earned her second yellow card of the afternoon. The game would end 1-0 in favor of SEMO.
Belmont will travel next weekend for a pair of road games against Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. The Bruins will face the Golden Eagles Friday with the match set for 3 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Milwaukee
The men’s soccer team is still searching for its first Horizon League win after the Bruins suffered a 2-0 loss to defending tournament champion Milwaukee Saturday night.
Belmont used momentum from its victory against Georgia State for the majority of the first half. Rashad Hyacenth, Matt Vuylsteke and Joao Fonseca each created scoring opportunities on the Bruins attack.
The Panthers struck first, however, in the 27th minute behind the header from Petter Ingebrigtsen.
Senior Diego Figueroa nearly scored an equalizer as the first half ended, but the midfielder’s shot went wide of the keeper.
The Panthers doubled their lead in the 66th minute after Laurie Bell chipped a shot over Belmont keeper Grayson Rector.
Vuylsteke tried to cut the lead in half in the 71st minute, but Milwaukee keeper Liam Anderson preserved the shutout victory for the Panthers.
The Bruins return to action on Oct. 18 at Oakland with kickoff set for 6 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Tennessee Tech
The Belmont volleyball team earned its fourth consecutive win with a sweep over Tennessee Tech Friday evening (25-15, 25-15, 25-14).
The Bruins finished with a season-high .370 hitting percentage in the match while it held TTU to a .140 percentage.
After capturing the first set 25-15, the offense picked up the tempo in the second set as Belmont hitters recorded 19 kills off 28 attempts. The Bruins continued their attack in the third set and completed the sweep with a 25-14 win.
Arianna Person earned another double-double as the freshman finished with 12 kills and 12 digs in the match. Classmate Emma Price also recorded a double-double with 37 assists and 10 digs, her 11th of the season.
Jocelyn Youngdahl recorded a match-best .640 hitting percentage off 10 kills.
Oct. 11 at Jacksonville State
Belmont volleyball continued its impressive winning streak with a five-set thriller victory Saturday against Jacksonville State.
The Bruins wasted no time offensively in the first set after recording 18 kills off 38 attacks to earn the set 25-22.
The Gamecocks responded and capture sets two and three after holding the Bruins to only .156 and .083 hitting percentages respectively.
In the fourth set, both teams exchanged rallies back and forth to tie the set at eight. However, Belmont completed a 8-2 run to take a 16-10 advantage. A kill from Person awarded Belmont the set 25-16 and forced a fifth set.
After JSU jumped out to a 11-9 lead, senior Scarlet Gable tallied three kills to power a 5-0 run for Belmont and give the Bruins a 14-11 advantage. A kill from Price ended the set and match in favor of Belmont and handed Jacksonville State its first conference loss.
Person once again earned another double-double and finished with 14 kills and 23 digs. Price finished with a match-high 69 assists. Belmont returns home for a pair of games on Oct. 17-18 against Murray State and Austin Peay.
After posting one of the lowest team scores in program history, the women’s golf team earned its first victory of the season in the APSU Intercollegiate held in Clarksville.
The Bruins tied the third lowest score in program history with a team score of 295 Tuesday and finished seven strokes ahead of Murray State after the 36-hole tournament.
The victory is only the program’s fifth championship and the first since the 2011-2012 season.
Senior Evin Edens and freshman Katie Story finished in the top 10 for Belmont after tying for fourth and placing sixth respectively. Edens shot a career-best 72 in the final round Tuesday.
In addition to the team victory, freshman Mallory Sullivan placed second in the individual competition after losing in a three-hole playoff to Tech’s Maddi Everts.
Megan Heath and Alexi Bevans also competed as individuals and posted top-20 finishes, tied for 11th and tied for 16th respectively.
The women’s golf team returns to the course Oct. 20-21 at the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tenn.