BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team earned a 4-1 victory this afternoon on Homecoming Day. The win improves the Crusaders' record to 6-2-1 with a 3-1 conference record. The Warriors move to 1-8 and 0-4 in conference play.
Southern Wesleyan scored the first goal of the game, but the Abbey tied it up in the 29th minute as forward Chandler Arrowood found midfielder Nicole Ferren for a score off a corner kick. Belmont Abbey would take each of the four remaining shots in the half, including one by midfielder Morgan Altieri that sailed just left in the closing seconds.
Belmont Abbey continued to put pressure on the Warriors as it got four shots and two corner kicks in the first eight minutes of the second. The fourth was a goal by Arrowood, who scored off a rebound to give the team a 2-1 lead. About four minutes later, midfielder Sydney Pluhacek put a ball in goal off a free kick to up the lead to 3-1. The corner opportunities and the shots continued to come for the Crusaders, and in the 86th minute Ferren tallied her second goal of the day to make it a 4-1 game, which would be the final score.
On the day, Belmont Abbey outshot Southern Wesleyan 31-2 in front of a homecoming crowd of 800. The Crusaders also had the most corner kicks, 13-1.
When asked about his thoughts on the game, Head Coach Mike Lynch stated: "I am pleased in both how the girls responded to SWU's early goal and how we battled and kept the pace up despite having played four games in seven days. Their first goal in the opening minutes woke us up. Then, senior Theresa Sloat's creative play boosted and led our midfield presence opening things up a bit for us, giving us better, more dangerous attacking options. Many of these led to numerous free kicks and corners, which actually were the genesis to all four goals!"
Belmont Abbey will next visit Barton on Wednesday, October 5 for a 6 p.m. kickoff.