FLORENCE, S.C. - Sophomore Morgan Patton scored the first goal of the game off a pass from senior Nicole Ferren in the 20th minute. The Abbey never gave up the lead, coasting to a 3-1 victory. Belmont Abbey is now 1-1 on the year. Francis Marion is also 1-1.
From the start, The Abbey had a strong offense going. The team had multiple corner kicks in the opening part of the contest. After going up 1-0, the offense continued to attack, with Allyson Elliott and Mary Doyle taking shots from inside the box. Belmont Abbey led 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half, the Crusader offense continued to thrive. Ferren put a shot in goal just 7:16 into the period, on a pass from Patton. Later, the 61:00 mark, sophomore Kat Laughlin scored on a rebound off a shot from Chandler Arrowood. This put The Abbey in front 3-0.
The Patriots managed to score a goal at the 70:01 mark, but the Crusaders kept possession of the ball the rest of the way, finishing with a 3-1 win.
On the day, Patton led the Crusaders' offensive charge, with one goal on just three shots, and an assist. The tough Abbey defensive unit allowed just seven Patriot shots on the day. Belmont Abbey took eight shots on goal.
Head Coach Mike Lynch offered the following comments on the game: "Coming off Thursday's loss, we committed to take a few of those lessons into today's game and the team did. We squeezed the field better, we played quicker, we were able to keep the ball away from being played into their key target player. Senior Nicole Ferren and sophomore Morgan Patton led the attack with a goal and an assist each. Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Paul came up big again with several key saves. Now our focus turns to USC Aiken Monday."
The Abbey will next visit USC-Aiken on Monday, September 4 for a 2 p.m. kickoff.