BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team shutout the Catawba Indians 4-0 in their home opener Saturday afternoon with four different Crusaders finding the back of the net for the second straight game.
For much of the first half, both teams traded shots and possessions equally. Julien Armaroli broke open the scoring in the 39th minute with a perfectly-placed header straight off Nando Morales' corner. The mark was Armaroli's first of the season and gave The Abbey the 1-0 advantage going into the intermission.
The Crusaders (2-0) wasted no time at the start of the second half when Geinner Duque put in a rebounded shot from Aaron Madison, just 1:37 into the period. Madison added to the Crusader lead in the 86th minute as he ripped a shot from the top of the area. The goal was Madison's second of the season.
Belmont Abbey added some insurance just one minute later as Mark Trompeter found Morales cutting to the goal. Morales put the game away with his first strike of the season.
On the afternoon the Crusaders outshot the Indians 19-9, with each keeper recording five saves.
The next men's soccer match is Wednesday as they host Shaw at 2 p.m.