BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team competed in a physical match against conference opponent Southern Wesleyan in front of a large homecoming crowd, Saturday at Alumni Field.
The campus was alive with students and alumni all coming together to celebrate the Abbey's 2016 homecoming festivities. The men's soccer match started off very quick paced and even as both clubs battled between the boxes. Each team took four shots in the first half to no avail, as they entered half time tied at zero.
The second half saw more of the same physical play with both teams earning two cautions by the end of the match. Southern Wesleyan, who is 5-4 and 2-2 in Conference Carolinas (CC), struck first in the 68th minute as Michel Herszenhaut maneuvered his way around a defender and sent the ball in the lower corner of the net passed the diving keeper. Less than a minute later Fernando Posada found the back of the net to stretch the Warrior lead to 2-0.
The Crusaders (2-5-2, 1-3 CC) answered with a number of runs at the net, one of which resulted in a hand ball inside the box giving the Abbey the penalty kick (72nd minute). Clay Dimick took advantage and ripped the free kick across the goal line to cut into the Warrior lead. The Crusaders were able to take nine shots in the second stanza outshooting Southern Wesleyan 9-5.
The Crusaders next match will be Thursday at Barton. That match will begin at 7 p.m.