NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont men's soccer team (3-3-0) defeated Bowling Green (4-2-0) by a score of 3-2 on Friday afternoon in the first contest of the Hyatt Place Brentwood Invitational. The Bruins' three goals were more than the Falcons had given up in their previous five tilts combined.
The Bruins got out to an extremely quick start, taking a 1-0 lead over the Falcons in the third minute of play. Junior Brandon Tarr (Knoxville, Tenn.) carried the ball past a couple of Bowling Green defenders before beating goalkeeper Miguel Rosales to the left side panel for the score.
The goal marked Tarr's team-leading third score of the season, and moved the forward into second place all-time in Belmont history with 18 career goals. He also moved into second for career points with 44 in his three seasons in Nashville.
BU then increased the lead to two when Tarr headed a ball across the box to sophomore Nico Olsak (Boca Raton, Fla.) in the 10th minute of play. The crafty midfielder one-timed a volley that beat Rosales and dipped under the cross bar to mark his second score of the year.
The Falcons were able to cut the Belmont lead to one just before the half as Colin Armstrong headed in a corner kick by Danny Baraldi to make it 2-1 with just over 10 minutes left in the first period.
After 30 minutes of scoreless play in the second half, the Bruins gave themselves some insurance when sophomore Alex Jenison (Evansville, Ind.) stole a BGSU pass just across the midfield mark. The pesky forward took a couple of steps with the ball before launching a strike from 35 yards out that sailed over the head of Rosales and into the back of the net.
The insurance proved to be necessary as less than four minutes later the Falcons were rewarded with a penalty kick after goalkeeper Lou Manning (Southlake, Texas) took out a Bowling Green forward in the box. Brandon Silva stepped up to the line and put away the penalty to make it 3-2 with just under 12 minutes left in regulation.
BU held on the rest of the way to pick up the 3-2 victory. Belmont was outshot by the Falcons 20-8, and picked up only two corner kicks to Bowling Green's eight. Manning finished with six saves, while Rosales totaled two saves for BGSU.
Belmont will next take on IPFW on final day action in the Hyatt Place Brentwood Invitational at Rose Park. The Bruins and the Mastodons will kick off at 1:00 p.m.