BELMONT, N.C. -- In an historic season of firsts, Belmont Abbey enjoys another Wednesday afternoon when it welcomes Newberry for the first game at Alumni Field. The Crusaders were originally set to open on campus on Sept. 2, but weather forced the home game north to Davidson.
The Crusaders have been oh-so-close this season, with all three games -- including the exhibition -- finishing in a 1-0 decision in favor of the opponent. The program started with a contest against Southern New Hampshire, then faced off at Queens last Monday. In that contest, Belmont Abbey appeared to get the first goal in school history, but it was waved off for an illegal hit.
Newberry has had a tough road in the early going of the 2016 season, falling in both matches. The Wolves opened the season with a 5-0 loss to No. 2-ranked Millersville on Sept. 3, then dropped a 4-0 decision to Bentley over the weekend.
After Wednesday, the homestand continues Friday against Lindenwood at 3 p.m..