Belmont Abbey senior midfielder Conor Wells scored two goals and sophomore David De Los Reyes scored his first career goal as part of a second half surge to lift the Crusaders men's soccer team past Chowan, 3-0 this afternoon at Alumni Field. The Abbey's first shutout of 2013 lifts the Crusaders record to 5-9, while the Hawks drop to 1-12.
After a scoreless first half in which the Abbey dominated possession and outshot the Hawks 19-4, Belmont Abbey exploded for three second half goals in a 14 minute span.
The captain from Austin, Texas put the Abbey on the board at the 61:55 mark on a penalty kick after he was pulled down by two Hawks defenders at the edge of the goal. 12 minutes later, Wells struck again, as he raced around the Chowan defense, deked goalkeeper Jax Eddleman and slid the ball into the empty net to up the lead to 2-0.
Just over two minutes later, De Los Reyes scored his first career goal on a failed Chowan clearance. After a long Crusader throw in down the right side, a Chowan defender headed the ball weakly out of the box, where De Los Reyes met the ball and one timed a left-footed shot into the right corner of the net for the score.
Belmont Abbey outshot Chowan 39-5 and held a commanding 9-1 edge in corner kicks. Searles posted his first career shutout on what was likely his last home game. Searles spent his first three years as a midfielder and became the Crusaders starting goalkeeper this season despite never having played the position before.