BELMONT, N.C. - Rebecca Luca tallied six goals this afternoon, but the Crusaders dropped a close decision 16-14. The Abbey is now 7-3 on the year, and 3-1 in conference play. Mount Olive is now 9-2 overall, and 6-0 against Conference Carolinas opponents.
The Trojans scored the first three goals of the game. Then Yasmina Hernandez put the Crusaders on the board with a free position goal. Marin Felsoci brought The Abbey to within a goal off a pass from Allison Cline. Mount Olive scored the next two goals, before then the Crusaders scored four of the game's next five goals. Luca tallied a score with 5:09 to play in the half. Angelina Perrone recorded two assists in a row, to Yasmina Hernandez and Kylie Eastman. Then, with less than a minute to go in the the half, Luca tied the game at six, which was the score at halftime. Belmont Abbey forced 13 turnovers in the half.
Mount Olive was first to score in the second, but Felsoci found the back of the net on another pass from Perrone. At the 27:07 mark, Luca capitalized on a free position opportunity to give The Abbey its first lead of the game, 8-7. Later in the period, Luca scored on two free position opportunities in a row. In the final three minutes, the Crusaders began an offensive charge, as Luca set up Felsoci and Rebecca Stromberg for goals just 44 seconds apart and a 16-13 game, in favor of the Trojans. Luca found the back of the net with 37 seconds left, but that was all the Crusaders could get offensively as Mount Olive took the contest 16-14.
On the day, Luca finished with six goals and two assists to lead The Abbey's offensive efforts. Perrone handed out four assists. Felsoci tallied three goals. The Crusaders won the draw control game 18-14.
Belmont Abbey will be back in action on Wednesday, March 28, when it visits Southern Wesleyan University for a 5:30 p.m. contest.