The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team used a barrage of offense, outshooting Lees-McRae 17-9, as it scored both of its goals in the second half to earn a 2-0 away victory this afternoon. The Crusaders, winners of three-straight, improve to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Bobcats drop to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in Conference Carolinas.
It is the Crusaders second clean sheet of the year, the first since the 1-0 win over Catawba in the season opener.
The first half was played in a downpour, as the Crusaders outshot the Bobcats 9-1, including six in the first 25 minutes, but the Abbey could not find the back of the net.
That changed shortly in the last half, as Cassidy Coutinho scored her first goal of the year. A Jillian Lang corner kick sailed to Coutinho, who finished far post for the only goal the Abbey would need.
Exactly 18 minutes later, Meghan Philp extended her goal streak to two matches as she tucked away a rebound off of a missed Abbey shot for her third goal of the season.
That was all the Crusaders would need, as Lees-McRae never threatened as the Abbey earned a win in its conference opener.
In addition to the shots advantage, the Crusaders held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks. Hannah Kohls made four saves, while Lees-McRae goalkeeper Kaitlyn Briggs made ten.