The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team scored three unanswered goals after allowing an early marker to garner a 3-1 victory over the visiting Brevard Tornados for its second straight victory. The Crusaders improve to 2-1-0, while Brevard is now 1-1-0
.Belmont Abbey was in the hole early, as Ryan McPhillips put Brevard ahead just 5:03 into in the match as he got behind the Crusader defense and beat Kyle Seales low and left for the goal.
The Crusaders recovered and were even energized after surrendering the early goal, as the offensive pressure mounted until the Abbey broke through at the 14:56 mark. A punt by Brevard goalkeeper Heath Turner sailed high and short, where Conor Wells went up unmolested and headed the ball forward to Mark Dandanell. Dandanell dribbled about five yards, shook off his mark and beat Turner for his second goal in as many matches, which made the Abbey level.
Just 15 minutes later, the Abbey's Irishman gave the Crusaders the lead for good as Declan McQuillan scored his first goal of the season, a strike from 20 yards out that pushed the Crusaders ahead to stay.
Brevard had two solid chances to tie the game late in the second half. After an Abbey foul, the free kick was chipped ahead and over the Abbey defense 10 yards out of goal. Searles came off of his line and stonewalled the shot, deflecting it forward, to keep the lead intact.
Lastly, the Tornado had a golden chance with ten minutes to go, as a Brevard cross chased Searles off his line. The ball came to Drew Gallowitch in the right corner of the box, where he got past Searles and had an empty net in front of him. After dribbling a couple of times, his shot sailed right of the goal, screaming into the outside of the net.
Four minutes later, Ameer Pinto erased all doubt as he gathered the ball at the top of the box, swerved and fired a low, rapidly paced shot into the lower left corner of the net to effectively end the contest.
Belmont Abbey outshot Brevard 11-9 and attempted three corner kicks to just two for Brevard. Turner and Searles both stopped three shots.