NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's soccer enters conference play in the midst of its best start since the 2008 campaign, boasting a 4-2-1 overall mark. The Bruins kick off their OVC slate at SIUE on Friday, Sept. 15. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will be played inside Ralph Korte Stadium. The squad then returns home to take on Austin Peay at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
Belmont returned to its old self last weekend, reigniting its offense and netting four goals including registering its fourth three-goal match against UIC. Collectively, the team has registered 15 goals on the season while landing 8.14 shots on goal per a game. Belicia Mendiola (McKinney, Texas) has headed BU's scoring production thus far, scoring four goals and assisting on a pair. The Bruins are outshooting opponents, 122-68, while landing nearly half of those shots on frame. Five different players have scored multiple goals this year, including a trio of newcomers. The squad ranks among the nation's best in SOG per game and shots per game (17.43), they also rank 14th in the south region of the United Soccer Coaches poll.
Defensively, BU has limited its foes to 9 goals, including posting its second shutout of the season against UIC a week ago. Sophomore Lily Herman (Springboro, Ohio) and rookie Abby Hunt (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) have shared time in goal early on, with both logging more than 200 minutes of action thus far. Herman leads the unit with 396 minutes in goal, only allowing four goals and producing a 0.91 goals against average. Both keepers have been accompanied by a tenacious back line that has only allowed their opponents to get 30 shots on goal.
The series between Belmont and SIUE is all knotted up, 2-2-1, dating back to 2013 when the Bruins first joined the OVC. Austin Peay leads the all-time record against Belmont, 6-3-2.
THE LAST TIME AROUND
Last year, the Bruins reigned victorious over the Cougars after Mendiola knocked in a golden goal in the first overtime period to seal their victory, 1-0. The squad wasn't as fortunate against the Governors who shutout BU, 2-0.
uno, dos, TRES
Three seems to be the magic number for the Bruins. The squad has scored at least three goals in every one of their victories this season, most recently shutting out UIC 3-0.
THE MORE THE MERRIER
Seven different Bruins have scored this season, including five having tallied multiple goals. Mendiola leads the charge with four, while rookie Halle Krebs (Lakewood, Ohio) follows close behind after finding the back of the net three times this season. Emily Whitcomb (Elmhurst, Ill.), Sydney Cason (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Julie Garst (Franklin, Tenn.), Megan Michela (Carol Stream, Ill.) and Jessi Boozer (Brentwood, Tenn.) are the other Bruins to have registered at least one goal in 2017.
BEND IT LIKE BELICIA
Mendiola entered her senior campaign as one of Belmont's leading offensive producers, and has certainly picked up where she left off. The McKinney, Texas native has already tallied four goals and a pair of assists this year, totaling 10 points. She's currently tied for seventh all-time in career goals with 17 and is tied for 10th in career assist with 10. The veteran currently leads the team in shots taken (26) and shots on goal (12).
Boozer found the back of the net for the first time of her career in grand fashion as she tallied the game-winning goal to lift Belmont past Middle Tennessee in the final three minutes of its season opening match. A few weeks later Mendiola sent a hail mary from nearly 40 yards out as time expired to seal a 3-0 win over UIC.
KREBS IS COOKIN'
Krebs has taken little time to settle in, having scored three goals in her first seven collegiate appearances. She introduced herself against Tennessee Wesleyan when she recorded her first career multi-goal game en route to Belmont's 5-0 victory over the Bulldogs. She then tallied her third against UIC to double the Bruins advantage and eventually help them to a 3-0 win.
The Bruins have proven to be very generous with the ball, assisting on more than half of the team's goals this year. Veterans Mendiola and Tara Austin (Beaumont, Texas.) have each contributed to a pair of Bruin goals, while four other teammates have each registered one.
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