BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team improved to 5-2-1 this afternoon with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Newberry Wolves. Newberry dipped to 3-7.
Sophomore Tallee Zamiela's shot less than five minutes into the match, was the first of the game. Later in the half, the Crusaders took three more shots in a five-minute span, keeping the offensive pressure high. In the 37th minute, freshman Morgan Patton put a ball into the right side of the goal off a pass from Kate Hennessy for a 1-0 Abbey lead. The Crusaders almost made it a two goal advantage when freshman Kat Laughlin took a shot in the closing seconds of the half that barely missed the goal to the left. Belmont Abbey led 1-0 at halftime.
The same offensive power was shown in the second, as the Abbey got two shots and a corner opportunity in the period's first five minutes. Back-to-back corners and a header that went just right in the 69th kept the offense in gear. Junior Kooba Richard made it a 2-0 lead in the 84th minute off a pass from Emily Lipinski.
On the day, Belmont Abbey outshot the Wolves 19-11 and took more corner kicks 5-4. In goal, freshman Kaitlyn Paul made six saves.
Head Coach Mike Lynch stated after the game "This was our third match in 5 days. Both goals came in the last 10 minutes of each half. I was pleased to see how well the girls kept their pace and focus up from start to finish. We now have a quick turn to prepare for our match Saturday versus Southern Wesleyan University for our homecoming game."
The Crusaders will return to the field Saturday at 12 noon as it welcomes Southern Wesleyan on Homecoming weekend.