The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team won a Conference Carolinas semifinal match today 2-1 over the Pfeiffer Falcons. They will now play Limestone in the tournament finale, which will be the team's 12th straight appearance in the conference championship game.
Belmont Abbey was first to put the offensive pressure on, as it got two shots and a corner kick in the opening ten minutes. At halftime, both teams had been held scoreless.
The Crusaders kept attacking in the second. Two corner kicks in the period's first two minutes kept the pressure on. By the 59th minute, the Abbey got five more corners, leading to more Crusader shots. In the 61st, forward Morgan Patton scored the first goal of the game from the top of the box. In the 70th minute, junior Kooba Richard gave Belmont Abbey an insurance goal and a 2-0 advantage.
A Falcon goal in the 71st was not enough for the tough Crusader defenders to budge, and the Abbey came out on top 2-1.
On the night, the Abbey outshot the Falcons 16-7. The Crusaders had 12 corner kick opportunities to Pfeiffer's four. Sophomore Catherine Casey only needed to make one save to get the win.
After the game, Head Coach Mike Lynch offered the following thoughts: "It took everything we had to beat a very good Pfeiffer team. Tied at half, we felt if we kept attacking, we would wear them down and hopefully get on the scoreboard. Scoring first always helps and then getting the insurance goal gave us the cushion we needed for when Pfeiffer fought back and got one in the last minutes. No we turn our sights to Limestone."
The Crusaders will now face the host Limestone on Sunday, November 6 at 4 pm for the Conference Carolinas Championship.