BELMONT, N.C. - Forward Morgan Patton scored in the opening minutes of the match against No.6 seed Lees-McRae. The contest ended in a 1-1 tie. The Bobcats, however, advanced to the Conference Carolinas semifinals in the shootout. The Abbey finishes its 2017 season with a 11-5-2 record.
Patton scored a goal just 1:16 into the game off a pass from senior midfielder Nicole Ferren. The Crusaders continued to attack well, getting multiple shots and corner kicks over the next few minutes. The Bobcats knotted the game at one with a goal in the 43rd minute. The teams were tied at one at halftime.
In the opening minutes of the second, Lees-McRae took several corner kicks, but the tough Abbey defense kept the Bobcats from scoring again. A corner by senior Chandler Arrowood led to a Cassie Manion shot that barely missed the goal. At the end of the half, the teams were still tied at one.
The Abbey's defensive unit did not give up a shot to the Bobcats in the first overtime period. The Crusaders took three shots in the period, but could not find the back of the net. The bobcats took two shots in the second overtime, but the Crusaders withstood that attack as well, and the match ended in a tie.
In the shootout, it took three Crusaders before Sydney Pluhacek scored a shootout goal. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, their two made shots in the shootout were not enough to get the victory.
On the day, Belmont Abbey outshot Lees-McRae 21-8. Both teams took four corner kicks.