Charlotte, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team fell to Queens by the score of 3-1 in the season opener Thursday night at the Queen's Sports Complex.
After a short lightning delay, the 2016 campaign eventually got underway with the Crusaders holding a scoreless tie into halftime. Belmont Abbey managed three shots to the Royals' eight in the first half. Abbey's keeper, junior Wes Holifield, recorded a pair of saves in the opening 45 minutes.
The Crusaders got on the board first when sophomore Mark Trompeter found the back of the net over the keeper's head in the 53rd minute. Freshman Mekhi Honore assisted the goal on a header as the Crusaders took the 1-0 lead.
Queens responded in the 73rd minute when junior Luis Campos netted the equalizer on the cross from Michael James. The Royals took the lead three minutes later with a goal from Ryan Ejezie, who later added an an insurance goal in the 87th minute.
The Crusaders recorded seven shots on goal with the Royals taking 18. Holifield finished with four saves as Queens keeper Sergio Lemus, registered seven.
The Crusaders will play their first home match Saturday against Coker College. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. at Alumni Field.