BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team defeated the Emmanuel Lions 2-1 in their final home regular-season match, securing themselves a home game in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. With the victory the Crusaders improve to 9-4-1 with a 6-2-1 conference record, guaranteeing one of the top four seeds in the upcoming tournament.
Belmont Abbey was able to revert back to their offensive ways, ripping seven shots in the first half of Tuesday's contest. James Delaney scored in the 37th minute to give The Abbey the lead. Steven Pate was able to get his head on a cross which Scott Christman was able to head it to the feet of Delaney, who put it in the back of the net. Belmont Abbey took the 1-0 advantage into the half.
Emmanuel responded in the 85th minute Blair Springhall found Jeremy Gwaltney for their first goal of the game. The Lions were not able to string another rally together as the contest ended with the 2-1 score.
Belmont Abbey outshot Emmanuel 14-10 and both keepers, Belmont Abbey's Wes Holifield and Emmanuel's Andy Dennett, both secured a save in the match.
Before Belmont Abbey hosts the Quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Tuesday, the Crusaders will travel to Chowan for the last regular-season game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.