Felsoci Scores Five Goals in 20-9 Quarterfinals Victory

Felsoci Scores Five Goals in 20-9 Quarterfinals Victory

BELMONT, N.C. - Marin Felsoci scored five goals and handed out an assist, leading the Crusaders to a 20-9 victory in Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals action this afternoon over Converse College.  The Abbey moves to 13-5 on the season.  Converse is 6-12 on the year.

It only took Felsoci 1:05 into the contest to put The Abbey in front on a free position goal.  From there, the Crusaders never trailed.  Felsoci won the ensuing draw control, and just 17 seconds later, Rebecca Luca made it a 2-0 Abbey lead.  Then Allison Cline handed out assists on back-to-back Crusader goals, first to Felsoci, then to Luca.  A man-up goal by Yasmina Hernandez made it 5-0 with 23:19 in the half.  The strong play by the defensive unit kept Converse off the board until the 19:42 mark, at which point, Belmont Abbey had built a 7-1 lead.  It only took 35 seconds after the Valkyrie goal for Angelina Perrone to respond.  With 6:54 to play Luca scored a man-down goal.  Then with 55 seconds in the half, Hernandez capped off the scoring on a pass from Luca, and Belmont Abbey held a 13-2 lead at halftime.  The Crusaders outshot the Valkyries 19-8 in the half.

Converse scored the first goal of the second half, but Belmont Abbey went on a 5-0 run over a span of 7:10, capped by a Kylie Eastman score, making it an 18-3 Crusader lead.  Felsoci tallied the final Abbey goal of the afternoon at the 8:43 mark on a pass Katie Cavanaugh, and the Crusaders finished off the 20-9 victory.

On the day, Luca led The Abbey offensively with five goals and two assists, for a total of seven points.  Felsoci scored five goals and handed out an assist, for a total of six points.  Rebecca Stromberg scored four times.  Felsoci also won a game-high nine draw controls.  As a unit, Belmont Abbey outshot Converse 27-15.

Belmont Abbey will next face the number two seed Mount Olive in a Conference Carolinas semifinals matchup, hosted by North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C.  The game will take place on Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m.