BELMONT, N.C. - The Belmont Abbey women's soccer team clinched home field advantage in the first round of the Conference Carolinas tournament with a 2-1 victory over Emmanuel (Ga.) this afternoon. With the victory, The Abbey moved to 10-5-1 in 2017, with a 6-3-1 conference record. The Lions dipped to 7-7-1 overall, and 3-6-1 in conference play.
Crusader sophomore Allyson Elliott scored the first goal of the day off a pass from senior Emily Lipinski. Emmanuel, however, responded with a goal of its own just 29 seconds later. In the 19th minute, senior Chandler Arrowood put The Abbey in front again with a shot from the right side of the goal. Belmont Abbey took three corner kicks in the last 10 minutes of the half, but could not increase its lead. It took a 2-1 advantage into halftime.
The Lions took most of the shots early in the second, but a tough Crusader defense withstood the attack. After the 63rd minute, Emmanuel took its final shot of the game. Shots by Alex Butorovich and Kooba Richard kept the pressure on the Lions. In the end, The Abbey took the victory 2-1.
Belmont Abbey will wrap up its regular season on Friday, October 27 with a visit to Chowan. That contest will kickoff at 3 p.m.