Crusaders Fly to 3-1 Win Over King

Crusaders Fly to 3-1 Win Over King

BELMONT, N.C. – The Belmont Abbey men's soccer team cruised to a 3-1 win over Conference Carolinas opponent King, Tuesday. Three Crusaders found the back of the net in the first half, which was all The Abbey needed to record their seventh win of the season. Belmont Abbey is now 4-0 in conference play. King falls to 2-7-1 on the year and 0-6 in the conference.

Belmont Abbey controlled the ball for most of the first half firing 14 shots on frame. In the 27th minute, Mark Trompeter dribbled down the end line finding James Delaney who touched it to Juan Villa, ripping it into the back of the net for his third goal of the season and the 1-0 lead. In the 32nd minute, Delaney again laid a perfect pass to Josh Irons for the score, his second of the year. Rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders was Geinner Duque, who headed a well-placed corner from Grant Retamar, in the 39th minute. The Abbey took the 3-0 advantage into halftime.

The second half was a continuation of the Crusader dominance as they controlled possession for the majority of the period. Belmont Abbey launched eight more shots and four corners. King's Faber Bickerstaffe scored in the 76th minute to put the Tornado on the board.

Belmont Abbey keepers Wes Holifield and Evan Morrow both recorded a save in the win. King keeper Jake Davis saved two shots and Dalton Gammon saved three.

Belmont Abbey travels to Banner Elk to play Lees-McRae Saturday at 7:30 p.m.