A pair of Belmont Abbey freshmen accounted for both of the Crusaders goals, and a stingy defense held off a late surging Newberry attack as Belmont Abbey earned its first men's soccer victory of 2013 with a 2-1 win over the Wolves before 250 this afternoon at Alumni Field. The win evens the Abbey's ledger to 1-1-0, while Newberry remains winless at 0-2-0.
The contest was a physical one, as the two teams combined for 45 fouls (28-17 Belmont Abbey) and four cards, but all of the scoring came in the opening 45 minutes as Mark Wallace put the Abbey ahead 1-0 in the 14th minute.
After a Newberry turnover deep in its own zone, Wallace gained possession in the right corner of the Wolves box and chipped a high arcing shot over the head of Patrick Sweat that dipped just below the meeting of the crossbar and left post for his first career goal.
Nine minutes later, Mark Dandanell made it 2-0 as he one timed a long pass while in the clutches of a defender, from 20 yards out, zooming it over Sweatt's head and into the center of the net for his first career goal.
The two goal advantage lasted exactly 15 seconds. On the ensuing kickoff, Newberry surged ahead and a Wolves player was pulled down just outside of the Abbey penalty area. Graham Jermstad converted the free kick, sending a low screamer through the wall and just inside the left post, past a surging Kyle Searles, to cut the lead in half.
That would be all of the scoring for the match, however, but the Crusaders had at least three chances to add to their advantage in the second half, but could not convert.
The final stats showed the Abbey winning the advantages in shots (11-6) and corner kicks (4-0). Searles made one save in the net, while Sweatt stopped four shots.