BELMONT, N.C. - Senior midfielder Nicole Ferren put a shot in the net in the 78th minute, and the Belmont Abbey women's soccer team earned a 2-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne. The Abbey is now 3-1 in 2017. The Bears are also 3-1. The game was a Think Pink game as an effort to raise Breast Cancer awareness.
Lenoir-Rhyne got a corner kick opportunity early in the game, but Chandler Arrowood took a corner kick of her own in the 17th minute. Six minutes later, senior Kooba Richard set up Morgan Patton for a goal and a 1-0 Abbey lead. In the 30th minute, The Abbey got a series of shots, including one by Ferren that sailed just right of the net. At the end of the period, the tough Crusaders defense withstood an onslaught of Lenoir-Rhyne shots, and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Crusaders continued to resist the Bears' attack. Seven Bear shots and two corners were handled by the solid Abbey defensive unit. Then the two teams continued to trade possessions on both sides of the field before Ferren made a move past a defender to score an open goal. After the goal, The Abbey took three more shots over the next five minutes to keep the pressure on Lenoir-Rhyne. The Bears scored a goal in the 86th minute, but Belmont took the 2-1 win.
On the day, Ferren and Patton led the offense with one goal each. Patton took six shots in the match. Sophomore Kaitlyn Paul made nine saves in goal.
Belmont Abbey will be back in action on Thursday, September 14, when it welcomes UNC Pembroke. The match will begin at 4 p.m.