BRISTOL, TN - The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team earned a 3-0 win over the King Tornado this afternoon. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 4-2-1 on the season and 2-1 in conference play. The Tornado moved to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
It took less than two minutes into the game for the Abbey to get its first corner kick opportunity. Its next corner came less than four minutes later and the Abbey kept the offensive pressure on all afternoon. In the 35th minute, forward Cassie Manion registered the first Crusader score from the right side of the goal. The defense up to that point had only allowed two King shots. The Abbey took its 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second, the Crusaders once again opened the period very strong, getting its second goal of the day in the 53rd minute, as midfielder Nicole Ferren put the ball into the left side of the goal off a pass from Kooba Richard. It was the Abbey's second shot of the half. In the closing minutes, midfielder Theresa Sloat made it a 3-0 lead as she found the back of the net on a pass from Ferren.
For the game, Belmont Abbey outshot King 21-13 and had nine corners to King's two. Goalie Kaitlyn Paul made five saves on the day.
After the game, Head Coach Mike Lynch made the following comments: "Playing King away in Bristol is always tough and very competitive. They tried to disrupt our flow with high pressure and tight marking. Once we got a bit more dynamic in our build up phase, open spaces and numerous scoring chances were created. I was pleased to see three different goalscorers find the net and for everyone's tenacity in the defensive phase earning a well deserved shutout."
The Crusaders will next take the field Thursday at 4:00 p.m. when it makes up a previously weather-postponed match against Newberry at Alumni Field.