Returning for its first home game since Sept. 15, the Belmont men’s soccer team fell to Nebraska Omaha 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Rose Park.
Sophomore midfielder Jesus Perez scored the lone goal of the match for the Mavericks in the 28th minute off the assist from freshman Mark Moulton.
Coach Earle Davidson believes fatigue was the biggest factor for the Bruins, who have played five games on the road.
“I think our fatigue is showing a bit from the tough couple of road trips. It showed with the chance we didn’t finish,” Davidson said. “We should have scored some goals.”
Considering the team’s circumstances, Davidson thought the team still fought hard.
“I think the guys are playing hard. They are pushing through the fatigue and giving us their best effort even though they’re tired. That’s what we can ask in this stage,” Davidson said.
Belmont came out attacking from the start of the whistle and accumulated six shots on goal in the first 20 minutes including several from forward AJ Arnold. However, the Mavericks found the back of the net first in the 28th minute.
“We created some good chances especially in the first 20 minutes of the first half,” Davidson said. “We had four balls inside their six at their feet. We just couldn’t tuck it away. It was one of those days.”
Belmont had several opportunities for the equalizer for the remainder of the half. The best chance for the Bruins came off a free kick as time was winding down in the final minute of the first half.
Senior Nico Olsak sent the free kick flying in but it hit the cross bar, as players inside the box were unable to get the rebound.
“We created enough chances to win the game and we should have. I thought Nebraska Omaha played a very good game. They are very organized and do a nice job,” Davidson said.
Belmont tried to find some life in the final minute with an unsuccessful corner kick from Olsak.
The Bruins will hit the road for the next three games before returning home for a matchup with Buffalo on Oct. 26.