Southern Wesleyan scored two second half goals ten minutes apart as the Warriors earned a 2-0 Conference Carolinas men's soccer victory over Belmont Abbey this afternoon at Alumni Field during Homecoming. Southern Wesleyan improves to 7-3-0 overall and 2-2-0 overall, while the Abbey slips to 2-5-2 overall and 1-3-0 in league play.
After a scoreless first half in which the Crusaders outshot the Warriors 8-6, it was Southern Wesleyan that netted two goals in the final 45 minutes to earn the victory, starting in the 58th minute.
Jonathan Ruiz ran down a long pass over the Crusaders defense and was left one on one with Mickey Raine, and his shot found the lower right corner for the score.
Ten minutes later the Warriors added an insurance tally as Alejandro Sanchez cleared his own zone with a high sailing pass to a streaking Bruno Liozzi. Liozzi beat two defenders, dribbled down the center of the pitch all alone and beat Raine from the center of the box at the 67:57 mark for the 2-0 lead.
Belmont Abbey increased pressure late, as it attempted four of its eight second half corner kicks in the last six minutes, but could not find the back of the net.
The Abbey's best scoring chance came in the 85th minute on senior captain Nick Obermeyer's strike from 28 yards out that sailed just left of the post.
Belmont Abbey outshot the Warriors 13-12 and held a commanding 13-3 edge in corner kicks. Both teams were whistled for 18 fouls.