The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team came back from a two goal second half deficit, but the Mount Olive Trojans scored the final two goals of the match to break the 2-2 tie and earn a 4-2 home Conference Carolinas victory this evening at Amon Field. Mount Olive improves to 3-2-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Conference Carolinas, while the Abbey drops to 1-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in league play.
Mount Olive wasted no time, scoring in just the third minute when Trevor Knight found the back of the goal off a pass from Malick Chune. Later, in the 28th minute, Knight set up Cooper Gaypia, who scored from the right side of the goal, giving the Trojans a 2-0 halftime lead.
Mount Olive held the Crusaders off the board until the 57th minute when Freshman Nando Morales scored off a free kick to pull the Abbey within one. It was the freshman's first career goal and the Abbey's first goal in three matches.
Later, Ty Haddock kicked a shot from just outside the box past a diving goalie to tie the game at two.
The match was tied for 34 seconds. Shortly after the ensuing kickoff, Chune put the Trojans up 3-2 off a free kick. Eight minutes later, Gaypia sealed the game with a goal that hit off the bottom part of the crossbar and bounced into the net for his second goal of the match.
Goalkeeper Luke Whelan recorded four saves for the match.
Mount Olive outshot the Abbey 20-10 and held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. The two teams combined for 33 fouls, with Mount Olive whistled for 20 and the Crusaders 13.
The Crusaders will next play at UNC Pembroke Wednesday night at 7:00.