BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - After falling behind early, Belhaven (Miss.) scored four unanswered goals to pull away from the Union College men's soccer team, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at Burch/Nau Field. The match was a part of the 2012 Bulldog Classic.
With the loss, UC fell to 0-2 on the year, while Belhaven, ranked 17th in the NAIA Preseason Poll, moved to 2-0 with the victory.
"Overall, this weekend was a big eye opener for us," said head coach Tyler Brock. ""Within 24 hours from our first match we made huge strides forward, regardless of the result. We played with much more passion, and we had an opportunity to test ourself against one of the nations elite teams.
"We still have a lot of things to work on, but even though we dropped two matches this weekend, we learned a lot about ourselves."
Things started off promising for the Bulldogs, as they registered their first goal of the 2012 season three minutes and 35 seconds into the match to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Joe Butcher
scored it from five yards out, off a nice pass from freshman Cole Bray
, who earned an assist on the play.
Belhaven, however, answered quickly, as Will Monsour scored in the fifth minute to knot things up at one-all. Belhaven then took the lead in the 16th minute on another goal by Monsour, and kept the one-goal lead through the rest of the period, as the score stood at 2-1 going into the locker room for intermission.
In the second half, Belhaven put things away with goals in the 46th, and 65th minutes to go up by three. The deficit was too much for UC to come back from, as the Blazers coasted down the stretch to pick up the victory.
Overall, Belhaven held just a 13-10 advantage on shots in the match, while UC bested the Blazers in corner kicks, 6-1. UC goalie Madison Justice
made two saves in between the pipes in over 70 minutes of action in the contest, as well.
Union returns to the pitch on Friday, when they travel to the 2012 Georgetown (Ky.) Classic. In their first match of the weekend, the Bulldogs will take on Ohio Christian at 6 p.m.