Belmont Abbey junior co-captain Clay Dimick scored two goals and senior co-captain Declan McQuillan added one and an assist as the Crusaders men's soccer team moved to 1-1-0 on the year with a 4-0 clean sheet victory over the visiting Newberry Wolves this afternoon at Alumni Field. Newberry drops to 0-2-0.
It is the Abbey's first clean sheet since defeating Newberry 1-0 last October 28.
The Crusaders controlled all 90 minutes, outshooting the Wolves 17-12-including 9-1 in the first half-while enjoying a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
After Mark Trompeter nearly gave the Abbey a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when his shot sailed a foot right of the post, McQuillan made it 1-0 in the 22nd minute as he buried a penalty kick past Brad Dixon after Scott Christman was taken down in the box.
Shortly before the half, Dimick netted the first of his two goals, running down a give-and-go pass from Nando Morales and one timing a 23 yard screamer that tucked inside the left post for a 2-0 lead.
Dimick struck again five minutes into the second half, one timing a left footed shot off of a cross from Trompeter to up the lead to 3-0.
27 minutes later, Quinn punctuated the 4-0 win with an easy tap in from the far post, scoring unmarked from a McQuillan cross.
Goalkeeper Luke Whelan, who played the first 67 minutes, made three saves, none easy, with his first coming just five minutes into the second half as he ran down a header to the near post, grabbing it just before the ball crossed the line.
Newberry's best scoring chance came in the 85th minute when Dillon Pelton's header hit the crossbar and dropped straight down, inches in front of the line. Wes Holifield, who made four saves, gathered the ball easily with no play on the ball.
The Wolves played the last 36 minutes a man down after Cammy Provan was sent off for a tackle from behind.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Wednesday when it welcomes Carson-Newman to Alumni Field. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.