BELMONT, N.C. - Belmont Abbey was ahead of South Atlantic Conference Carolinas Field Hockey League leader Limestone for much of the contest, but a late goal forced overtime where the Saints scored the game-winner Wednesday afternoon. The visitors, who were ranked 10th nationally just two weeks ago, survived a gritty Crusader effort, 3-2 at Alumni Field.
Limestone improves to 10-3, 7-0, while the Crusaders fall to 3-8 overall and 3-4 in league play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Demetria Barrow opened the scoring just 3:20 into the contest when she knocked in a rebound off a Sophia Fuege shot.
- The lead lasted until midway through the second half when the Saints evened the game on a goal at the 17:31 mark.
- The Crusaders went back ahead when Angelina Perrone tallied her first goal of the season. She received a pass at the back post from Kayley Williams.
- The Abbey gave up the tying goal with just 1:24 remaining in regulation. Limestone was a man up after a yellow card with issued with just three minutes to play.
- Kelly Diplock, who scored the tying goal, helped the Saints escape when she tallied the game-winner with just 1:49 left in the first overtime period.
- Limestone outshot Belmont Abbey 23-18 after the Crusaders held a 12-5 advantage through 35 minutes.
- Paige Hinds made 13 saves, including five in the second half and four in overtime.
- Belmont Abbey travels to Newberry for its final road game of the 2018 regular season. The matchup is pivotal as the teams are currently fighting for a berth in the league tournament. The Crusader won the first meeting 3-2 in the season opener on Aug. 30.