WILSON, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team earned a 4-1 win this evening at Barton. The victory, the fifth in a row for the Abbey, puts the team's record at 7-2-1, with a 4-1 conference record. Barton is now 4-5 and 3-2 against conference opponents.
Belmont Abbey got each of the first three shots of the game, the third of which freshman Sydney Pluhacek set up sophomore Tallee Zamiela for a goal in the 11th minute. Belmont Abbey continued to shoot the ball, and in the 31st minute, freshman Kat Laughlin's shot from the left wing found the back of the net for a 2-0 Abbey advantage. Two and a half minutes and three shots later, junior Cassie Manion made the lead 3-0 as she scored a goal off her own rebound. The Abbey took its 3-0 lead into the half.
In the 54th, the Bulldogs scored to make it a 3-1 game. The Crusaders responded, getting four shots in a three-minute span to keep the pressure on the Bulldogs. In the 64th minute, junior Kooba Richard set up senior Cierra Skyers for the Abbey's fourth goal of the day. From that point on, the tough Belmont Abbey defenders held Barton to just one shot as the team wrapped up its 4-1 win.
On the day, Belmont Abbey took 21 shots to Barton's four. The Crusaders had six corner kick opportunities to one for Barton. The combined two saves by goalkeepers Kaitlyn Paul and Kat Andrews reflect the defensive performance exhibited by the Crusaders' back line.
Belmont Abbey Head Coach Mike Lynch commented on the match: "We challenged ourselves to be fully engaged and committed right from the start making every minute count. The first 10 minutes were some the best soccer we have played this season. Barton has good attacking speed which our back line had to contend with throughout the match. We now turn our sights to Erskine."
Belmont Abbey's next match will take place at Erskine on Saturday at 2 p.m.