Belmont Abbey sophomore forward Meghan Philp accounted for both Belmont Abbey goals, as she scored the first and assisted on the other as the Crusaders women's soccer team earned a key 2-1 win over the visiting Newberry Wolves this afternoon. Newberry entered the match ranked fourth in the Southeast Region, while the Crusaders were sixth. Newberry had not allowed a goal in its first three matches entering today. Belmont Abbey improves to 4-1, while Newberry drops to 3-1.
Philp ended the Wolves scoreless streak in the 19th minute after the Abbey was stonewalled three times by goalkeeper Rebecca Darley.
Darley stopped two Cassidy Coutinho shots from point blank range, and after the second, Coutinho ran down the ball on the goal line and fed the ball out to Melissa Pereira. Pereira immediately served the ball back in to Coutinho, whose shot was again rejected by Darley, but the rebound came to Philp, who one-timed the ball into the left corner of the net for the goal, her second of the year and the tenth of her career.
Belmont Abbey carried its lead into the half and shortly thereafter, just 33 seconds into the final half, Ananda Gebreyesus scored on a Philp assist, the senior's third goal of the year, which stretched the Crusader lead to 2-0.
Newberry fought back, however, as it controlled possession for most of the last 45 minutes and it cut the Abbey lead in half just eight minutes after the Gebreyesus goal.
Gabrielle Brodie fed a pass diagonally across the box to the waiting feet of Ashley Reetz, who was behind the Abbey defense on the right corner of the box. She fired a low screamer past Hannah Kohls low and left to cut the Wolves deficit to 2-1.
Newberry did not stop with the pressure, as it outshot the Abbey 17-10 for the match, including 12-3 in the second half, but the Abbey defense remained firm, as it turned away every Wolves chance.
Kohls made six saves, five in the second half, while Darley stopped three shots.