Belmont Abbey sophomore forward Meghan Philp scored her team-leading fourth goal of the year in the 79th minute to lead the Crusaders women's soccer team past Pfeiffer 1-0 this afternoon at Nefko Field. The win extends the Abbey's streak in victories (5) and shutouts (3) as the Crusaders improve to 7-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in Conference Carolinas, while Pfeiffer falls to 4-4-0 overall and 2-1-0 in league play.
The win moves the Crusaders alone in first place atop the Conference Carolinas standings.
After a scoreless first half in which Pfeiffer had the best scoring chance when a Falcons shot hit the post, Philp netted the only goal of the match at the 78:42 mark when she beat Kate Halligan for the goal. It was her third goal in the last four matches and her second game winner.
Pfeiffer had one final chance to tie the match as Aliyah Jackson's shot with four seconds left was saved by Hannah Kohls, her fourth and final save of the afternoon.
The Crusaders dominated the final statistics, as they outshot the Falcons 28-11 and held a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.