On her 21st birthday, Belmont Abbey senior forward Ananda Gebreyesus netted her first career hat trick, scoring three goals on four shots to lead the Crusaders women's soccer team past Coker, 6-0 this afternoon at Alumni Field. Belmont Abbey, which has won its last four matches, all by shutout, improves to 12-3-1, while Coker, a former Conference Carolinas member, drops to 4-12-1.
The Crusaders had no trouble with the visiting Cobras, as they dominated the match right from the start. Meghan Philp gave the Abbey the only goal it would need in the ninth minute as she settled a pass in the left side of the Coker goal, swerved to avoid an on-rushing defender and laced a left footed shot past Lizz Morris for her seventh goal of the year.
2:50 later, Gebreyesus scored the first of her three markers, as her goal was similar to Philp's as she gained possession deep in the Coker box, turned an unleashed a shot past Morris for her team-leading tenth goal of the year. Morris was replaced in the net by Sydney McElwain soon after that goal.
That was all of the scoring in the first half in which the Abbey outshot the Cobras 11-4, but the Crusaders were just getting started, as they scored four second half goals in a 26 minute span.
20 minutes later, Moore scored her first career goal as she got behind the Cobras defense and was left one on one with McElwain. Moore's first shot was saved, but the carom came right back to her, and she easily tapped the ball across the line at the 73:01 mark.
Gebreyesus closed the match by scoring the final two goals, the first at the 74:47 mark as she one-timed a header off of a Moore cross for her eleventh goal of the season.
Less than five minutes later, she notched her twelfth goal, sailing a shot over McElwain from the right corner of the box.
Belmont Abbey outshot Coker 24-7 and attempted all five corner kicks in the match. Two of Coker's four shots hit the crossbar and another grazed over the bar. Hannah Kohls made three saves on the afternoon.