GREENEVILLE, TN - The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team moved to 13-2-1 on the season with a 2-1 win this evening at Tusculum. The Pioneers are now 10-4-2. Belmont Abbey increased its win streak to 11, including 8-0 in October.
Tusculum's early goal did not phase the Crusaders. Belmont Abbey kept taking shots, including two in the closing minutes. The Pioneers led 1-0 at halftime.
Midfielder Morgan Altieri got multiple shots in the opening minutes of the second for the Abbey. Forward Cierra Skyers also kept the offensive pressure on. Then in the 85th minute, Skyers tied the game on a pass from Tallee Zamiela to give the Crusaders a much-needed boost. Just 25 seconds later, Skyers scored again to make it a 2-1 Abbey lead. The header came off a pass from Nicole Ferren to give Belmont Abbey a come-from-behind win in the last five minutes.
As a team, Belmont Abbey outshot the Pioneers 13-10. The Crusaders took 11 corner kicks to Tusculum's six. Freshman Kaitlyn Paul made five saves in goal.
When asked about Tusculum, Head Coach Mike Lynch stated: "Tusculum is big, athletic, and super dangerous on restarts. The early corner kick goal we gave up was followed by a flurry of more corners, all dangerously close. Our players battled through the first ten minutes and we started to build momentum through the half. At halftime, we felt we could one back, maybe two if we can keep possession, keep getting options forward." Then, when asked about the late comeback, Coach Lynch commented: "To battle for 85 minutes and then be rewarded with two goals showed great character and belief. Now we turn our attention to Pfeiffer on Saturday."
The Abbey will play its final home game of the season on Saturday, when it welcomes Pfeiffer for a 1pm kickoff.