Belmont Abbey junior forward Meghan Philp scored two goals, the last of which coming with 1:50 left in the first overtime period to send the Crusaders women's soccer team past King 2-1 this afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Conference Carolinas Tournament.
The Crusaders advance to Friday's semifinal with a mark of 10-6-2, while the Tornado ends their season with a record of 10-8. Belmont Abbey is now 17-1-2 all-time in the quarterfinal round, winning the last ten straight.
Belmont Abbey will await the winner of the Converse/Mount Olive match, which will take place Friday on the campus of the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinal round. Third seeded Pfeiffer defeated Barton 2-1, ensuring that today's match was the final one of the season at Alumni Field.
Philp recorded her third multi-goal match of the season as she gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead just 6:54 into the match as she scored off of a Theresa Mateo pass, beating Nicole Dagher for her eleventh goal of the season.
The Crusaders maintained their lead until the 71st minute when the Tornado pulled level on a Hulda Sigurdardottir strike. Catherine Walsh settled a loose ball and sent a forward pass to Sigurdardottir at the top of the 18 yard box, where she lifted a shot over the head of Hannah Kohls and dipping just under the crossbar for the equalizer.
Tied late in regulation, Belmont Abbey had two great chances to get the winner. With 4:10 left, Cassidy Coutinho's shielded shot from 20 yards out was heading to the inside of the right post, but Dagher dove and swatted it away at the last possible moment.
The final chance came with five seconds left, as Dagher again came up huge with a save off of a Philp attempt at the face of goal.
Tied after 90 minutes, the two teams embarked on a ten minute, golden goal period. Both teams attempted three shots, but it was Philp's that found the back of the net.
Robyn Hatcher ran down a weighted lead pass, stopping it inches from the goal line. After settling the ball, she sent a high cross to the far post, where Philp was alone, with no defender within three yards of her. Hatcher's pass came right to her and her one-time header beat Dagher for her team leading twelfth goal fo the season.
Belmont Abbey outshot King 18-16 and the Crusaders held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. Kohls and Dagher both made seven saves.