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Men’s Soccer Loses in Intense Battle of the Boulevard Matchup


Belmont and Lipscomb's teams battle it out on the pitch, Eunice Lee

Belmont men’s soccer suffered a 4-2 loss to Lipscomb University on Tuesday despite leading the game twice.

Before the match, the Bruins had a three-game win streak and were hoping to add a fourth at the Battle of the Boulevard

The Belmont Bruins won the first play of the game and had early shots on goal but failed to convert.

Possession was back and forth as intensity rose from both teams.

But in the 28’ minute, Belmont struck first when graduate forward Case Cox scored off a corner kick served perfectly into the box by senior midfielder Michael Saunders.

The Bruins’ competitive 1-0 lead against the Bison heading into halftime.

Belmont kept its composure and the lead at the beginning of the second half.

But the momentum shifted in 64’ minute when the Bison were given a penalty kick opportunity that found the back of the net.

Tied at 1-1, the Belmont back line led by sophomore Dylan Steeley held strong as Lipscomb continued to test them with their quick attacks.

During a Bruin attack, Saunders put his defender on skates in the box with a few scissors moves, which led to four Belmont corner kicks in a row.

On the fourth corner, the Bruins had a good chance when graduate student Jansen Wilson hit the post from a rebound off a free kick.

Belmont took the lead again in the 72’ minute after senior midfielder Sam Rowan tapped the ball in for the goal.

As energy was high following the game-leading goal, the play was back and forth between the Bruins and Bison until the closing 10 minutes of the match.

But then Lipscomb’s offense began stretching the Belmont defense, scoring three goals in the final 10 minutes to secure the 4-2 lead.

This is the first time since 2018 that Lipscomb has beaten Belmont.

Belmont will look to return to the win column at E.S. Rose Park this Saturday as it hosts Bowling Green for senior night.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.


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This article was written by Bree Fabbie




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