SIUE Blanks Belmont 2-0
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Aaron Lantz scored his first career goal, a game-winner, Thursday as SIUE men's soccer blanked Belmont 2-0- at Korte Stadium.
Lantz made his first look good on the give and go at 15:07. The Cougar junior from Springfield accelerated on the right side providing a pass to Jack Twellman who would instinctively return the ball. With only a few more steps, Lantz fired a bullet into an open net past Belmont goalkeeper Lou Manning.
"Aaron just missed a similar chance over the weekend when we were in Chicago. It was good to see him bury that one," said SIUE Head Coach Kevin Kalish.
SIUE improved to 4-2-2 and picked up its first home win of the season. The Cougars look to make it two in a row with a 7 p.m. Saturday against Lipscomb.
The Cougars had a chance to go up early. Jared Tejada hit the post at 4:22. SIUE would collect five corner kicks in the first half and eight overall. Twellman missed his chance for a goal in the first half, hitting the post again at 38:15.
"Jack was close to getting a couple in the first half. I felt like if we could have gotten the second one in the first half (because) we had a couple posts and a crossbar, the game would have settled a bit more," said Kalish.
Twellman was able to score his sixth goal of the season in the second half. The Cougar senior, who leads the team in scoring with 13 points (six goals, one assist), connected on a penalty kick at 78:36 after Belmont's Bradley Shuck was called for a hand ball in the penalty box.
Scott Meyer recorded three saves, all of which were in the second half. SIUE had a 9-1 lead in shots at halftime and finished ahead 14-7.
"We are happy with the result and happy with the shutout," said Kalish.