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Dropping to the Tigers

Dropping to the Tigers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Bruins fell to the Memphis Tigers by a score of 2-0 at E.S. Rose Park on Tuesday night.

The Bruins were led offensively by sophomore forward Niccolo Dagnoni and senior midfielder Sam Borgel, who each logged a shot in the loss. 

Junior midfielder Alexandros Ierides paved the way for the Tigers with a pair of goals in the 44th and 57th minute.

Belmont jumped on Memphis with two early corner kicks through the first 25 minutes of play. Sam Borgel nearly connected for the Bruins in the 22nd minute but was unable to convert on his fourth shot of the season. 

The 33rd minute became one of Belmont's most opportune chances to score, when a shot from Dagnoni nearly gave the Bruins the lead. Two corners followed the near-score, but Belmont was unable to convert.

Ierides struck first for the Tigers late in the first half, with a 44th-minute goal assisted by senior forward Sam Ashton. The two teams combined for a clean first half, which featured just eight total fouls.

Memphis doubled its lead to open up the second half, as Ierides notched his second goal of the match on an assist from senior midfielder Jackson Morse in the 57th minute. 

The remainder of the match saw neither team obtain any rewards, as Belmont and the Tigers saw several futile scoring attempts to end the match.  

The Bruins continued their success with corner kicks to start the season, as they recorded their fourth-consecutive match with five or more corner attempts. In fact, Belmont has only finished one of its first six games with less than five corners. 

Memphis registered just seven shots on the night, as the Bruins have held their opponents to single-digit shot attempts in two of their last three matches. 

Four Belmont players tallied a full 90 minutes of the pitch in the home opener: junior goalkeeper Nicolo Dini, junior defender Marius Svendsen, junior midfielder Jack Shaw, and junior midfielder Nick Kramer

THE BIG 5-0: Senior forward Creaghan Diekema played in his 50th career match as a Bruin on Tuesday. Diekema joins Borgel as just one of two players on the Belmont roster with over 50 matches played in their career. 

UP NEXT: The Bruins stay at home to take on the Presbyterian Blue Hose at E.S. Rose Park on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Belmont's final bout of its two-match homestand. The Bruins then hit the road to Charleston, Ill. next Tuesday, Sept. 24 for a tilt with the Eastern Illinois Panthers at 3 p.m.