Belmont Abbey's Brice Nardozzi and Liam Quinn scored goals for the Crusaders, and the Belmont Abbey men's soccer team held off a late King charge to earn a 2-1 Homecoming victory Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. The win snaps the Abbey's five match losing streak as it improves to 3-6-0 overall and 1-3-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Tornado drop to 1-6-1 overall and 1-2-0 in Conference Carolinas.
The Crusaders entered today's match with a four match scoreless streak, a run that spanned 379:01 of game time, with their last goal coming with 1:15 left in the 3-2 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne on September 14, but Nardozzi wasted little time ending that streak, as he bent a free kick around a four-man Tornado wall and past Kari Sveinsson for his second goal of the year. The marker came at the 17:45 mark in the first half.
That scoreline held firm until shortly into the second half when Quinn scored his first career goal, heading home a Mark Wallace corner kick at the 49:32 mark.
Belmont Abbey's defense held firm but did yield one goal as the Tornado's Ryan Cobain beat Kyle Searles with an unassisted goal at the 84:16 mark to drop the Abbey's lead to just one.
King had one final chance in the last ten seconds, as a through ball sailed over the Abbey defense, but Searles corralled the loose ball and ran out the clock to give the Crusaders the victory.
Belmont Abbey outshot King 15-8 and held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks. Searles made three saves.