The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team dominated the final stats, but ended up with a 1-1 draw against the visiting King University Tornado this afternoon at Alumni Field before a Homecoming crowd of 765. Belmont Abbey is now 7-2-1 overall and 3-0-1 in Conference Carolinas, while the Tornado moves to 2-6-2 overall and 0-1-2 in league play.
Belmont Abbey outshot the Tornado 41-9, with 17 of those shots on goal. The Crusaders also attempted three corner kicks to just two for the Tornado.
The Crusaders dominated the rest of the half, as they outshot King 17-9 the rest of the half, but could not find the back of the net.
In the second half the Crusaders kept up the pressure, but King increased its force as the Tornado gained the equalizer at the 77:46 mark. Keeley Easterling smashed home a loose ball from 12 yards out to knot the match at one.
Tornado goalkeeper Morgan Lawson, who came on at halftime, kept the Abbey off the board as she made nine saves in the final 65 minutes, including four that required max effort.
The game remained tied through regulation, sending the game into overtime. In the first ten minutes, Belmont Abbey outshot the Tornado 2-1. One of those shots came from Gebreyesus, who deked Lawson off her line and was faced with an empty net, but her tough angled shot found the outside of the net.
In the second overtime, the Crusaders mounted a final charge, outshooting King 5-0. The best scoring chance came on a free kick, as Silvia Vazquez charged the goal mouth to meet the ball, but it sailed inches over the crossbar.