HICKORY, N.C. - Midfielder Marin Felsoci tallied five goals in a 12-11 win at Lenoir-Rhyne University this afternoon. The win moves The Abbey to 2-0 in 2018. It was the Bears' first game of the season.
It took Felsoci less than a minute into the game to score her first goal of the day. Just under two minutes later, Jenna Niedzwiedzki capitalized on a man-up opportunity to put The Abbey in front 2-0 early. The Bears took a 3-2 lead, but the Crusaders came back again, as Felsoci scored her second goal of the day to tie the game at three with 12:57 left in the opening half. With 1:41 in the half, Rebecca Luca took advantage of a free position opportunity, notching the score at five. After that, the defense stepped up, forcing two Lenoir-Rhyne turnovers, and the game was tied at five at halftime.
The Bears scored two goals early in the second, but Felsoci scored a man-down goal for The Abbey, before scoring again off a pass from Katie Cavanaugh to notch the game at seven. Cavanaugh scored a goal of her own at the 19:20 mark, and a score by Angelina Perrone just one minute later gave the Crusaders a 9-8 lead. At the 8-minute mark, freshman Kylie Eastman forced a Lenoir-Rhyne turnover, picked up the ground ball, and scored to tie the game at 10. Luca scored the next goal for Belmont Abbey, and with 1:41 left in the game, she took advantage of a free position opportunity to put The Abbey in front 12-10. The Crusaders ended with a 12-11 victory.
On the day, Felsoci led the Crusaders' offensive attack with five goals. She also won seven draw controls. Luca finished with three goals and three assists. Cavanaugh scored a goal and handed out two assists. Annie Brannon made 10 saves in goal.
Belmont Abbey will welcome the University of Tampa on Saturday, February 24 for a 12 p.m. start.