NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University men's soccer team (3-5-2) returns to the pitch Tuesday in Evansville, Ind. to take on the University of Evansville Purple Aces (5-5-1).
The Bruins hit the road again after playing just one game on their home pitch in their last four matches. Tuesday's game is the first match of a three-game road stint for Belmont.
BU played fellow Horizon League member Wright State on Saturday night in Nashville. The Bruins dropped a 2-1 decision to the Raiders.
The Bruins created many chances for themselves in the opening minutes of the game, but it would be Wright State that would net the first two goals of the match, both in the first half.
Belmont wouldn't let off the gas and continued to pressure the Raiders' back line for the entirety of the match. Junior Sam Borgel (Marietta, Ga.) netted the lone goal for the Bruins in the 63rd minute of the contest. Borgel took a free kick nearly 50 yards out from the goal and beautifully placed the ball in the upper right corner of the goal just above the Wright State keeper.
After cutting the Raiders' lead in half, Belmont found renewed life and launched several attacks. Even though the BU squad maintained possession in their attacking third for nearly the remainder of the match, Belmont's final push couldn't yield an equalizer.
Scouting the Purple Aces
Head Coach Marshall Ray is in his second season at the helm of the Purple Aces men's soccer program. Ray is no stranger to the Evansville program, as he played his college soccer at EU and has been affiliated with the program for more than 20 years.
The Evansville squad averages two goals per game and has scored 22 goals while only allowing 14 this season. The squad averages over 15 shots per game. They lead the Missouri Valley in scoring offense (15.64), total goals (22), and total points (62).
The match promises to be an exciting offensive matchup as both teams create an abundance of offensive chances for themselves. Belmont has been awarded 67 corner kick to their opponents' 39. The Bruins average 6.70 per game, the eighth most in the NCAA. The Purple Aces have taken 64 corners this season and average 5.82 per game.
Player to Watch
Senior Ian McGrath is leading the Purple Aces offense this season. McGrath, who earned All-Missouri Valley honors last season, has eight goals and three assists for 19 points on the season. McGrath promises to be an offensive threat as he has fired 41 shots this season.
The Bruins are 2-8-0 all time against Evansville. Last season, the Purple Aces came to Nashville and defeated Belmont 2-0.
Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. CT at Arad McCutchan Stadium. Follow @belmontmsoccer on twitter for live updates. Live stats and video information can be found at www.belmontbruins.com.