Crusaders Edged in Inaugural Match

Crusaders Edged in Inaugural Match

BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey's inaugural field hockey match went down to the wire, but a first-half goal by Southern New Hampshire was the only score in a 1-0 decision Friday afternoon. The game was played at Davidson's Belk Field due to weather conditions on the Belmont Abbey campus.

The Crusaders opened the game with an offensive flurry, registering the first two shots of the game. The teams stayed scoreless until the 22:06 mark when Amaris Taylor found the cage from close range off an assist from Laura van der Doorn.

Each team had several chances, with Southern New Hampshire holding a 9-5 edge in shots and a 10-4 lead in penalty corners. Nicole Wong and Tyra Goodsell-Matthews each had two shots for the Crusaders, with Wong also tallying a defensive save (an occasion where a defender clears a ball off the line).

Freshman Anna Fleetwood was strong in goal, making three saves.

Belmont Abbey returns to action on Monday, when it travels to cross-town rival Queens for a 12 noon contest.