NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The USC Upstate women's soccer team managed just three shots and Belmont scored what proved to be the game-winner in the seventh-minute to claim a 1-0 victory in Atlantic Sun Conference action Friday night at E.S. Rose Park.
Belmont's (6-4-0, 3-0-0 A-Sun) Dani Stolt took a pass from Taylor Smith and beat Spartan goalkeeper Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C.) to score the lone goal of the match, propelling the Bruins to the one-goal victory.
Less than 50 seconds after Stolt's goal, Upstate (2-9-1, 0-2-0 A-Sun) freshman Michelle Calmeyn had a chance to tie the match at 1-1, but her shot sailed wide.
Collins, who faced a total of 11 shots in the first half, made five saves to keep the Spartan deficit at just one goal at halftime.
"We played the best second half we have played all season," said head coach Renee Lopez. "Unfortunately, we made one mistake in the first half and that wound up deciding the game. I am very proud of our work rate tonight as it was an all out team effort. This will help us prepare for Sunday's match."
In the 73rd-minute, Katrina Savoy's (Waldorf, Md.) shot sailed wide, allowing the Bruins to maintain their 1-0 advantage. The Spartans' final chance to notch the equalizer came in the 80th-minute, but Rachel Carr's (Rockford, Ill.) shot sailed wide of the post.
Belmont led the way in shots (19-3), shots on-goal (9-0) and corner kicks (2-0). Collins tallied a total of eight saves Friday night. The Spartans committed 12 fouls in the match while the Bruins had five fouls and four offsides penalties.
Upstate completes its two-game road swing through Nashville Sunday when it battles Lipscomb at 2 p.m.