BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team scored a season-high eight goals in today's Conference Carolinas quarterfinal against King University. The Crusaders are now 15-2-1. King went to 7-11.
In the first half, the Crusaders scored early and often. Just three minutes into the game, forward Kooba Richard kicked a rebound into the net for an early 1-0 lead. Four minutes later freshman Morgan Patton crossed up a defender and scored for a 2-0 Abbey lead. In the 11th minute, senior Cierra Skyers put a header into the net off a pass from freshman Sydney Pluhacek. The shots and corner kicks continued to stay in favor of the Abbey. In the 16th minute, Patton took advantage of a King foul with a penalty shot that gave the Crusaders a commanding 4-0 lead. It only took Patton another 1:10 to tally her third score of the day, this one off a cross from midfielder Nicole Ferren.
In the 30th, forward Allyson Elliott scored her fifth goal of the season when she scored from the left side of the goal on a pass from Alex Butorovich. About nine minutes later, forward Chandler Arrowood put the ball into the left side of the goal for a 7-0 Crusader lead. Also, the defenders kept the ball on the King side of the field and the Abbey took its 7-0 lead into halftime.
In the second, the high offense kept on, as the Crusaders got multiple shots early in the half. Meanwile, the defensive unit continued to limit the Tornado opportunities. in the 79th minute, Ferren gave the Abbey an 8-0 lead with a shot to the right corner of the goal. 8-0 would be the final score.
On the day, Belmont Abbey took 29 shots to King's 12. The Crusaders took nine corner kicks, while only giving up one to the Tornado. Freshmen goalies Kaitlyn Paul (15-2-1) and Jocelyn Cintron combined for five saves.
The Crusaders will learn the opponent and location of their next match when the remainder of the first round of matches are played.