Belmont Abbey freshman left back Mohamed Balde scored his first career goal in the 76th minute to lift the Crusaders men's soccer team to a 1-0 away victory at Emmanuel this evening. The win evens the Abbey's Conference Carolinas mark at 1-1 while improving to 2-3-2 overall. Emmanuel falls to 2-3-2 overall and 1-2-0 in league play.
Playing not far from his hometown of Norcross, Georgia, Balde provided the only goal of the match at the 75:21 mark as he smacked home a saved Crusader shot by finishing in the upper corner for his first career goal in his third career game.
Belmont Abbey outshot Emmanuel 9-7 and held a 9-6 edge in corner kicks.