Armstrong State University scored a goal in each half as the Pirates women's soccer team earned a 2-0 region win over Belmont Abbey this afternoon at Alumni Field. Armstrong improves to 2-1-0, while the Abbey suffers its first loss as it falls to 1-1-2.
After an even 31 minutes, the Pirates scored the only goal they would need at the 32:34 mark. Oliva DeJong fired a low shot from the right corner, only to have Hannah Kohls make the save. However, the carom came right to Ashley Green, who was running to the far post, and she easily tapped in the rebound for a 1-0 Pirates lead.
Shortly after halftime, twin sister Amanda Green made it 2-0 in the 54th minute as she beat Kohls far post from a tough angle, crossing a low shot from the right corner of the box to the far post. Taylor Valley was credited with the assist.
Belmont Abbey's best scoring chance came in the 13th minute as Meghan Philp's header off of a free kick sailed inches to the right of the goalpost. 12 minutes later, another Philp header sailed just wide on another free kick. Armstrong was whistled for nine fouls in the first half and finished the game with 13.
Kohls stopped seven shots as the Pirates attempted 14 on the afternoon. Belmont Abbey totaled five. Both teams recorded six corner kicks.
The Crusaders are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne for a 7:00 match.