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Briar Cliff
Bellevue University
Men's Soccer - Wed, Sep. 13, 2017

The Briar Cliff men's soccer team picked up its fourth-straight win with a 2-1 road victory at Bellevue tonight. The win propelled the Chargers to 5-1 overall this season, while the Bruins, who are receiving votes in the top 25, dropped to 2-4-1 on the year. 

Briar Cliff scored 27 minutes into the first half to go up 1-0 as Prichard Sibanda scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season off an assist by Kye Edwards. The score would remain 1-0 for nearly the next 40 minutes of play before Edwards got his chance to find the back of the net when Rodrigo Oliveira found him from six yards out on a cross to put the Cliff up 2-0 with just over 34 minutes left in regulation. The Bruins would attempt a comeback when Jonas Starkus scored on a free kick with 10:35 left on the clock but the Charger defense would rise up and keep the ball out of the net the rest of the way to preserve the 2-1 victory.

The Bruins outshot the Chargers 17-15 in the contest and both teams had six shots on goal but it was Briar Cliff's goalkeeper Charlie Enright who was able to come up with one more save than Harry Wray could for Bellevue that was the difference in the game. Enright notched five saves and allowed one goal, while Wray suffered the loss with four saves and two goals allowed.

Sibanda, Edwards and Oliveira led the Chargers in shot attempts with three apiece, followed by Luke Manganaro and Javier Valle with two shots each. Jake Dube and Tyler Krajewski both attempted one shot. Edwards and Oliveira both had one assist.

Travis Hurd had a team-high five shots for Bellevue with Inaki Aldao trailing him with four shot attempts.

"Today was an important win for this program and it represents all of the hard work and buy-in that the guys have given us so far this season," remarked Coach Lewis Wilcox. "We knew it would be a challenge as we were on the road to a very competitive team, and ultimately I thought our big-game players rose to the occasion and got us over the line. We continue to take our season one game at a time and look ahead to the away game against Waldorf on Saturday."

Briar Cliff will be on the road again on Saturday, visiting Waldorf at 5 p.m. 

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