BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team struck a goal in the final seconds of their Saturday match against Mars Hill, but it was not enough to overcome a two-goal deficit. The Lions defeated the Crusaders 2-1.
Mars Hill's Stian Sanner opened up the scoring in the 22nd-minute as an odd ball over the defense brought out Abbey Keeper Wes Holifield. Sanners was able to pop the ball over Holifield, and into goal on the bounce for the score. The Lions took the 1-0 lead into the half despite the Crusaders holding a 9-1 shot advantage.
Mars Hill added another goal in the 67th minute when Kyle Dix headed in a corner kick. In total, the Lions only took three shots on goal during the match.
Belmont Abbey pushed the offensive side of the ball, recording 21 shots on the day. As time wound down, Harrison Clark ripped a bounding ball from Josh Irons into the upper-left corner of the net to put The Abbey on the board.
Holifield recorded one save, as his counterpart, Ben Lucas, managed eight.
The Crusaders will travel to Mount Olive to take on the Trojans Wednesday.