The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team suffered a 5-0 loss to the visiting and Conference Carolinas leading Limestone Saints this afternoon at Alumni Field. The Saints scored four times in the second half after leading 1-0 at the break as they improve to 10-2-0 overall and 7-0-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 4-9-0 overall and 2-5-0 in Conference Carolinas.
The first few minutes of the match were evenly played before the Saints broke through in the 30th minute. Sam Orritt sent a cross to the center of the box, directly to the head of Jack Bailey. Bailey's header was swatted away by goalkeeper Kyle Searles, but the deflection landed at the head of Jorge Mackenna, who was stationed at the far post and unmarked. He gently headed home the rebound for a 1-0 Limestone lead.
Limestone outshot the Abbey 7-1 in the first half and Searles's four first half saves kept the match at 1-0 at the break.
The Saints broke through with four goals in the second half to pull away with the match. Just five minutes in, Orritt slammed home a cross from Joe Pegg at the 50:38 mark to double the lead.
19 minutes later, Bailey got behind the defense and was left with a one on one with Searles, and his shot to the far post tucked just inside the left post for his first goal of the day.
The penultimate goal came in the 84th minute as Bailey and Mackenna connected again, as Bailey sent a pass to the left side of the box, where Mackenna was alone, and his shot beat Searles for his second goal of the match.
Limestone closed the scoring with just over two minutes left as Bryce Ziada tapped in a Bailey cross at the far post for the score.
The Saints finished with 19 shots, while the Abbey totaled four. Searles made seven saves.