BELMONT, N.C. - The Crusaders got some opportunities early, and the Bulldogs fought back, but each team scored one goal in Belmont Abbey's Homecoming match this afternoon. The Abbey now sits at 6-2-1 on the season, with a 2-1-1 Conference Carolinas record. Barton is now 2-4-3 in 2017, and 1-1-3 in conference play.
In the first 30 minutes of the match, the Crusaders had took five shots, while not giving up any. After a period of the teams switching possessions, The Abbey got two corner kicks in the closing minutes of the half. Chandler Arrowood got a shot off one of the corners. At halftime, the teams were tied at 0, with Belmont Abbey taking the most shots 6-2.
In the second, it did not take Belmont Abbey long to get its offense into gear, as Patton took a shot that sailed inches over the net. She also took a corner in the 65th minute, keeping the pressure on the Bulldogs. In the 76th minute, another Crusader opportunity arose, as Nicole Ferren hit a shot off the post. Then, with just over four minutes left in regulation, sophomore Allyson Elliott took the shot from the right side of the net that gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, however, Barton tied the match, which sent the match into overtime.
Just 1:15 into the overtime period, Elliott took another shot, this one sailing just high. The defensive unit withstood a period of Barton corner kicks and shots from the outside. With a minute left in the period, Patton took a header that missed high, and forced double overtime.
Barton began the second OT period with a corner, but the Crusader defense did not allow the Bulldogs to capitalize. Patton took The Abbey's final corner kick of the game with 15 seconds to play, but the match ended in a 1-1 tie.
Freshman Madison Knutsen made her first career start, helping a defensive unit limit Barton to 17 shots on the day, only seven of which were shots on goal. Patton took the most Crusaders shots, with five. She and Elliott, with the goal, led the offensive efforts for The Abbey. Both teams took six corner kicks.
The Crusaders will next welcome King University on Tuesday, October 3. That match will start at 1 p.m.