The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team battled the Pfeiffer Falcons to a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes, but the Falcons claimed the Conference Carolinas title by a 5-3 penalty kick win this afternoon at Alumni Field. The match is officially a draw as the Abbey is now 14-3-3 overall, while the Falcons earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a mark of 13-6-1.
The Crusaders entered the week ranked fifth in the NCAA Southeast Regional rankings and hope to earn an at large berth when the field is announced Monday night.
Belmont Abbey scored first in the match, as Robyn Hatcher gave the Abbey the lead shortly before the half. The speedy forward was right on the spot as Pfeiffer goalkeeper Kate Halligan muffed a shot from distance. The ball landed at Hatcher's feet, moved around Halligan and tapped in the easy goal into the open net for a 1-0 lead.
The match stayed 1-0 through the half but the Falcons pulled even just 1:49 into the second period. Kayla Rodriguez flagged down a short corner kick and sent a cross far post to Aalyiah Jackson, whose header beat Hannah Kohls for the equalizer.
Neither team scored again through the end of regulation and two sudden death overtime periods, so the title would be determined on penalty kicks.
Pfeiffer and the Abbey each made its first three, but the Abbey's fourth chance was swatted away, leaving the Falcons a chance to win the game on their next attempt, which they did to secure the win.
Belmont Abbey outshot Pfeiffer 15-12 and held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Halligan made seven saves, while Kohls stopped three shots. Both teams were whistled for 13 fouls.