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Falling at San Diego

Falling at San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Belmont Bruins dropped to the San Diego Toreros 3-0 in its final matchup of the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Tournament Sunday at Torero Stadium.

San Diego tacked on a trio of second-half goals to notch the home victory, including a pair of goals from senior forward Miguel Berry in the 51st and 85th minutes.

The Bruins were led offensively by sophomore forward Niccolo Dagnoni, senior midfielder Sam Borgel and freshman midfielder Corey Lavinder, who each finished with a shot on goal.

Belmont put pressure on San Diego early, as Borgel logged the Bruins first shot on goal in the second minute. Dagnoni also hit the crossbar on his first shot attempt of the day in the 22nd minute to keep the match scoreless.

The Toreros were awarded three-consecutive corner kicks, but the sturdy Belmont defense would not allow a shot on goal from San Diego until the 31st minute.

The best look for the Bruins in the first half came in the 42nd minute, when Lavinder's first shot as a Bruin nearly found the net but was saved by the Toreros.

Entering the half, Belmont led in shots (4), shots on goal (3) and notched a pair of corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.

San Diego broke through in the second half with a 51st-minute goal from Berry, assisted by junior defenders Aaron Frey and Chase Van Way. Following 35 minutes of scoreless activity, Berry tallied his second goal of the night in the 85th-minute.

Sophomore Jacob Planell recorded the Toreros final score of the contest in the 89th-minute on a header from a free kick.

A total of five players logged a full 90 minutes on the pitch for the Bruins: Sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Petty, sophomore defender Brett Royster, senior forward Creaghan Diekema, junior midfielder Jack Shaw and sophomore midfielder Kyle Barks.

UP NEXT: Belmont will finish out its five-game road stint with a matchup at Purdue Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Ind on Friday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

The home opener for the Bruins comes on Tuesday, Sept. 17, when the in-state foe Memphis Tigers travel to Nashville to take on the Bruins at E.S. Rose Park.


David Costa, Head Coach

"We were excellent in the first half and able to control the pace of the game. We created several quality chances that need to be finished. We were very flat in the first 10 minutes of the second half and San Diego took advantage of that. Goals change games and they took their chances well. We need to use this week to reorganize for Fort Wayne on Friday."