The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team earned a 1-0 victory this evening at Lander University. The win improves the Abbey's record to 1-0, as it awaits a makeup date from Thursday's suspended match. The Bearcats, from the Peach Belt Conference, are now 1-1.
Defense was the style though the first 30 minutes, with a total of two shots taken between the two teams combined. After that, the Crusaders went on a shooting surge, getting three shots in the next seven minutes. The third of those was a goal by junior Kooba Richard. The Abbey continued to work the Lander defense, with seven shots by halftime. The defense limited the Bearcats to just one shot in the half, and led 1-0 at the break.
The offense kept the pressure on with a handful of shots early in the second. The Crusaders' back line also continued to play strong, working through a flurry of Lander shots, including two off corners. Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Paul made crucial stops down the stretch and her three saves on 10 shots faced were enough to keep Lander from tying the game at any point.
Abbey Head Coach Mike Lynch commented on his team's toughness "We were in control in the first half, going up 1-0 ten minutes before the half. In the second half, momentum swung their way, but players grinded the game out, withstanding numerous Lander attacks. Freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Paul came up big time with several key saves." It was the second contest in a row in which Richard tallied a point. Belmont Abbey's next contest will take place on Monday at 2:00 p.m., when it welcomes USC Aiken.