Belmont, NC – In a clash of the Crusaders, North Greenville University’s women’s soccer team fell to Belmont Abbey College 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Belmont Abbey scored their first goal of the game in the 13th minute of play as Simone Melvin buried a corner kick from Alana Ryczek into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead that held into the break.
“We didn’t play up to our potential in the first half,” said head coach Rachel Baer. “We dropped our heads after the first goal and our defense, including our keeper, really stepped it up to keep the score 1-0 at the half.”
After the halftime intermission, Belmont Abbey recorded two more goals in the game, one in the 81st minute on a header from Meghan Phillip on another assist from Ryczek and the third and final goal in the 83rd minute from the foot of Brandi Clark.
The Crusaders of Belmont Abbey recorded 23 shots in the game compared to just six by the Crusaders of North Greenville as goalkeeper Krista Young totaled a career-high nine saves in her first start of the season.
“We decided to take a risk offensively at the end of the game and unfortunately it didn’t pay off,” remarked Baer. “We had to take a chance and go for it and it only widened the goal differential. A loss is a loss though and it hurts just the same. I know my team can keep fighting. We are determined to end this losing streak and I believe we will. It is never too late.”
North Greenville (0-10, 0-7 in Conference Carolinas) will return home on Wednesday, Oct. 10 to host Pfeiffer University with kick off scheduled for 4 p.m. in Pepsi Stadium.