Aiken, S.C. - Sophomore Alex Butorovich put the game-winning goal into the net in the 82nd minute, and The Abbey earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory at USC-Aiken. The win puts the Crusaders at 2-1 on the year. The Pacers dipped to 1-2.
Right from the start, the Crusaders were on the attack, taking a shot and a corner kick in the first seven minutes of the contest. Later in the period, senior forward Cassie Manion took a shot and a corner kick in a 29-second span. Less than three minutes later, she had another corner kick opportunity. In the 35th minute, the Crusaders had yet another corner opportunity before freshman Savannah Goodin set up Manion for a goal and a 1-0 Abbey lead. The match was tied at one at the half.
The offense continued to flourish in the second, with two shots in the opening two minutes. In the 82nd minute, sophomore Alex Butorovich broke the tie with a shot from 10 yards out. From there, the tough Abbey defense prevented the Pacers from taking a shot, and the Crusaders took the 2-1 victory.
On the day, Butorovich scored a goal on just one shot, while Manion took two. The Abbey defensive unit allowed just one USC-Aiken goal on 15 shots. Sophomore Kaitlyn Pauil made 10 saves in goal.
Head Coach Mike Lynch made the following comments on the game: "Before the match, we talked about more urgency, quicker play. At halftime we focused on desire, guts, winning as many battles as we could. USC-Aiken won many of the battles, too. It was back and forth through the end."
Belmont Abbey will next welcome Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, September 9. The game will kickoff at 1 p.m. at Alumni Field.