BELMONT, N.C. -- Kayley Williams recorded her first career goal, while Tyla Goodsell-Matthews added her team-best ninth of the year, but it was not enough as Queens topped Belmont Abbey 5-2 Tuesday afternoon in field hockey action.
The matchup was the final home action of the year for the Crusaders, who are finishing up their inaugural season.
After seeing Belmont Abbey fall behind 1-0 in the first two minutes, Williams evened the score at the 5:11 mark when she buried a pass from Demetria Barrow. The Crusaders would trail 2-1 at intermission after surrendering the game-winner with just under five minutes remaining.
Queens (7-5) opened the scoring in the second period with a pair of early goals for a 4-1 lead, but the Crusaders clawed back on a successful penalty corner from Nicole Wong to Goodsell-Matthews with 20:22 remaining. Belmont Abbey was unable to find the cage again, while the Royals added some insurance.
Anna Fleetwood made nine saves in goal, while Kristen Perret was credited with a defensive save. The Royals held a 17-5 advantage in shots (15-3 on goal), but the Crusaders (3-11) had two more penalty corners (9-7).
Belmont Abbey travels to Newberry on Thursday for its final true road game of the season, then faces Mercyhurst Saturday in neutral-site action at Queens.