Catawba scored two goals in the final 20 minutes to break a 0-0 stalemate and earn a 2-0 men's soccer victory over Belmont Abbey this afternoon at Alumni Field. The Indians pick up their first win of the season, improving to 1-2 on the year, while the Abbey drops to 1-3.
Belmont Abbey controlled the final statistics, outshooting Catawba 12-10 and holding a 12-7 edge in corner kicks, but the Crusaders could not convert.
The visitors nearly moved ahead 1-0 in the tenth minute. After an Abbey foul in the box, the referee awarded the Indians a penalty kick, but Jack Pettett's attempt hit the crossbar and bounced over the goal line to keep the match scoreless.
After 71 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Indians broke through at the 72:58 mark as Kenny Bonilla broke through the Crusaders defense and fired a shot from the left corner of the box past Luke Whelan for a 1-0 lead.
11 minutes later, Belony Joseph extended the lead to 2-0 as he gained possession at midfield and raced towards the goal, crossed up Whelan and scored into the empty net for the final goal of the match.
Whelan and counterpart Christian Watts each made four saves.
Belmont Abbey is now off for one week and will return to action next Saturday when it opens conference play at Mount Olive. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.