BELMONT, N.C. - Senior Chandler Arrowood scored less than a minute into the match to lead the Belmont Abbey women's soccer team past host Southern Wesleyan 2-0 in its conference opener Saturday evening. The Abbey is now 5-1 on the season. Southern Wesleyan is now 2-2 on the year and 0-2 in Conference Carolinas play.
After Arrowood's goal in the opening minute, the Crusaders continued to keep the pressure on the Warriors, taking the next four shots of the game. In the 30th and 31st minutes, Belmont Abbey got back-to-back corner opportunities before senior Kooba Richard found the net on a pass from Sydney Pluhacek. The Crusaders led 2-0 at halftime. The Abbey outshot the Warriors 13-3 in the period.
The strong performance by Belmont Abbey continued into the second half. Nicole Ferren had a corner kick opportunity five minutes into the period, and another just 2:43 later. The Crusaders took five shots in the first 13 minutes of the half. Also, the tough Abbey defense did not give up a Southern Wesleyan shot until 19 minutes into the half. After that, the Warriors would manage to get just one more shot on the Crusader defensive unit for the remainder of the match. The Abbey took the victory 2-0.
On the day, Belmont Abbey outshot the Warriors 24-5, led by four Crusaders with three shots each. The Abbey took seven corner kicks to Southern Wesleyan's zero.
Up next for The Abbey will be a home match against Converse on Tuesday, September 19. Kickoff will be at 4 p.m.