SPARTANBURG, SC - Belmont Abbey women's soccer won its 10th game in a row this afternoon at Converse. The final score was 2-1, putting the Crusaders at 12-2-1 on the season and 9-1 against Conference Carolinas opponents. The Valkyries are now 7-8-1 in 2016 and 3-6 in conference play.
The early part of the match was all Abbey. Freshman Morgan Patton kicked a corner, and less than a minute later junior Nicole Ferren kicked another one. Ferren ended up earning an assist on the corner kick, as Patton the ball into the net for an early 1-0 Crusader lead. Belmont Abbey got two more corner kick opportunities in the period, one at the end of the half. At halftime, the Crusaders led 1-0.
In the second the Abbey offense really kicked into high gear early, taking three shots in the opening nine minutes. Meanwhile, the Abbey defenders had only given up one Converse shot to this point. In the 61st minute, senior Cierra Skyers gave the Crusaders an insurance goal with a score off a penalty kick. Converse managed to score a goal in the 77, but it was too late as the Abbey defense had made its mark and would help keep the ball at the other end of the field. 2-1 Belmont Abbey was the final score.
Belmont Abbey outshot the Valkyries 15-2 for the match. The Crusaders took eight corner kicks to two for Converse.
When asked about the game, Head Coach Mike Lynch made the following insights: "We jumped on Converse establishing good ball possession and dangerous attacking. Two back-to-back quality corners opened the scoring when Freshman Morgan Patton drove in an excellent volley. Converse goal-scorer Marquez commanded our respect and attention to keep the ball away from her feet. Our second goal was a beautiful through ball to senior captain Cierra Skyers who was fouled in the penalty area resulting in a PK which she converted. Converse pushed forward especially in the last 15 minutes grabbing some momentum leading to Converse's Marquez converting a breakaway putting the game result at risk. The TEAM responded, keeping their goal tally at only 1. As happens often in soccer, the close score represented smaller portions of the game, with much more of the game a good showing of exciting, dynamic attacking Abbey soccer. Now we turn our sights to Tusculum on Tuesday."
Belmont Abbey will take on Tusculum in Greeneville, TN on Tuesday at 5 pm.