Aces Men earn shutout win at Belmont - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Aces Men earn shutout win at Belmont

Nashville, TN (WFIE) -

Ryan Koenig and Zac Blaydes each found the back of the net on Tuesday night as the University of Evansville men’s soccer team picked up a 2-0 non-conference victory over Belmont at E.S. Rose Park.

The Aces, who have now won seven games for the first time since 2013, put an end to a four-match winless streak to improve to 7-6-2 overall. Belmont, on the other hand, dropped to 1-11-3 on the year.

The two sides traded opportunities over the course of the first half, with Mikey Matic nearly opening the scoring early on with a free header in the box. Jesse Stafford Lacey also narrowly missed firing the opening salvo in the waning moments of the first 45 minutes.

“I think we were a little flat in the first half,” UE head coach Marshall Ray said. “They had a little momentum after the first 15 minutes, and we didn’t respond well to it. We had a lot more energy in the second half, and that lifted us a little bit. Overall, we were able to rest some guys, get some others minutes, and we were able to get the clean sheet too. It was a good night for us.”

That energy was on display early in the second half as a tremendous individual effort from Jared Robinson saw him get past a number of Belmont defenders before playing it up the left flank to Ryan Koenig, who also beat a defender before finishing past Bruin goalkeeper Mertcan Akar to draw first blood in the 53rd minute.

Five minutes later, Stafford Lacey was brought down in the box by a Belmont defender, earning a penalty kick. Zac Blaydes, who led the team in assists but had not previously found the back of the net this season, converted on the attempt to make it 2-0.

On the other end of the field, Frederik Reimer picked up his first shutout since Sept. 24, ending with three saves. The Vester Hassing, Denmark, native is the first goalkeeper to record five clean sheets in a single season since former star Eric Teppen accomplished the feat during the 2012 season.

The Aces will return to action later this week, hitting the road for a Missouri Valley Conference showdown at Drake.

NOTES: UE is 9-2-0 all-time against Belmont … The Aces have won the past seven meetings in the series by a combined score of 23-5 … Last season, UE earned a 2-1 victory at the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic at Arad McCutchan Stadium … The last loss to the Bruins was by a 1-0 score in Nashville on Sept. 21, 2006 … UE has four wins this season away from home, which is the most since 2013 … The Aces are 29-12-3 all-time against opponents from the state of Tennessee … Dating back to 1979, UE is 9-4-0 on Oct. 18, and Tuesday marked the first match on the date since a 1-0 loss to Drake on 2002.

Courtesy: University of Evansville Sports Information Department

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