Carson-Newman scored the only goal it would need in the second minute and added four more in the second half as the Eagles earned a 5-0 away victory this afternoon over Belmont Abbey at Alumni Field. The Eagles, ranked eighth in the Southeast Region, improve to 2-0-0, while the Crusaders drop to 1-2-0.
The contest was delayed an hour and nine minutes due to lightning and thunderstorms in the area.
Carson-Newman outshot the Crusaders 18-7 as Nick Skoda scored the first of his three goals just 1:39 into the contest, running down a pass from Polyminos Avgousti and sliding a shot underneath Luke Whelan for the early edge.
The lead stayed 1-0 until the 49th minute when Skoda struck again. After Geinner Duque's one touch from the face of goal was swatted away with one hand by goalkeeper Kavi Luchowa, Skoda gathered the ball just outside of the box and ran unmarked for 80 yards down the center of the pitch before cutting to his left and beating Whelan for his second goal of the match.
Three minutes later, Bruno Andrade increased the lead to 3-0 off of an Alexander White pass and nine minutes after that, Skoda secured his hat trick with a shot from the left side of the box, taking an Andrade pass and slamming home his third goal of the match.
The final goal came in the 85th minute on Sindre Welo curled in a free kick from 19 yards out and to the right of the goal, bending his attempt around the wall and tucking it into the left corner of the net for a 5-0 final.
Both teams attempted two corner kicks and collected four saves. Belmont Abbey was whistled for 16 fouls to 10 for the Eagles.