GAFFNEY, SC - Belmont Abbey's women's soccer team was handed a 2-0 loss to Limestone in Gaffney, SC this evening. The loss puts the Crusaders' record at 2-2-1 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The Saints improve to 4-1 and 2-0 against conference opponents. It was the first time the Crusaders have lost two games in a row since 2014.
Limestone scored its first goal 10:15 into the game. At the 18:00 mark, the Saints made it a 2-0 game. After that, however, the Abbey started to apply more pressure, getting a corner kick opportunity in the 32nd minute, and took a shot on goal to end the half.
The Crusaders showed some offensive signs again in the second when it got three shots and a corner kick in a 6-minute span. In the 85th minute, the Abbey again got an opportunity on a corner kick, and multiple shots in the ensuing possessions that just did not convert into goals. In the 89th minute, junior Kooba Richard took a shot that sailed just high. It turned out to be the final play for the Crusaders offensively.
Goalie Kaitlyn Paul and the Crusader defenders did not surrender a goal in the second half. Paul finished the night with five saves.
Head Coach Mike Lynch made the following statements: "Limestone outplayed us, more in the first than the second half, but by that point we were down. They had more of the ball, did more with the ball than we were able to. Our second half was better, more shots, more dangerous attacking, but not able to bring the score within one. The players gave it their all and never gave up. Our attention now turns to Emmanuel next Saturday where we will build from this experience."
Belmont Abbey will visit the Emmanuel College Lions next Saturday at 5 p.m.