FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
Men’s soccer falls in overtime to Belmont, 2-1
The Dolphins continue to not catch a break as Belmont recorded the game-winning score in overtime to down the JU men’s soccer team, 2-1, in Atlantic Sun action on Friday night in Nashville, Tenn.
Freshman forward Brandon Tarr paced the Bruins (2-10-1, 1-4 A-Sun) after tallying the game-tying goal and go-ahead assist to sophomore midfielder Will Moorard with less than five minutes remaining in overtime. Freshman goalie Lou Manning made three stops between the nets to help secure the victory.
The Dolphins (3-8-1, 1-3), who suffered their third consecutive one goal loss, led initially in the contest on a goal by senior midfielder Stefan Runeman. Senior midfielder Jonathan Jackson finished with a match-high five shot attempts, while senior goalie Joey Sanchez (0-2-1) recorded three saves in the loss.
“We just can’t buy a win at the moment,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “I thought we played really well at times, but we had two small mental lapses at the wrong time. Our team continues to fight, which I am really proud of them for doing. We have to put this loss behind us and get ready for Lipscomb on Sunday.”
Runeman gave the Dolphins a 1-0 advantage after scoring in the 17th minute on a shot that deflected off a Belmont player into the goal.
The Dolphins had a chance to extend their lead less than two minutes later on a shot from sophomore forward Tyler Williams, but it sailed wide.
Sanchez kept the Bruins off the board in the 29th minute as he saved a shot on a penalty kick from senior midfielder Justin Hay.
The Bruins tied the match less than five minutes later after Tarr beat the JU defense on a pass from senior midfielder Wade Wonderlin.
In the second half, Jackson had a chance to score the game-winner with consecutive shots in the 82nd minute, but they were unsuccessful.
Sanchez knocked down a shot from sophomore defender Alex Davis in the final minute of the match to force overtime.
In the 101st minute, Tarr hit Moorad on a cross which he tapped underneath Sanchez for the game-winning goal.
The Dolphins close out the Nashville trip against Lipscomb on Sunday at 1 p.m.
2009 MEN'S SOCCER