Women's Soccer Falls to Belmont Abbey; Drop Into Second Place
September 28, 2013
MISENHEIMER, NC – The Pfeiffer University women’s soccer team (4-4, 2-1 Conference Carolinas) fell 1-0 to Belmont Abbey (7-1, 3-0) in an early battle for first place in the conference. Each team came into today’s match at 2-0 and tied for the top spot, but the Crusaders came away with sole possession of first place thanks to Meghan Philip’s second half goal.
The first half was played to a scoreless draw but each team had chances to convert. Early in the half, Kate Halligan was forced to make a sliding save on a one-on-one attempt by Crusaders’ leading scorer, Ananda Gebreyesus. Pfeiffer had a chance midway through the stanza, but Mandi Roan’s shot from 25 yards away hit off the crossbar. In the final seconds of the half, Amanda Steiner fired a shot from just outside the box but Halligan leapt and made the save. The half ended with Belmont Abbey holding a 12-6 advantage in shots.
Belmont Abbey struck in the 79th minute as a Pfeiffer defender and Halligan collided. Philip grabbed the loose ball and fired it into the open net for her fourth score of the season. The Lady Falcons had a ferocious comeback attempt in the final moments, but the Crusaders withstood the pressure.
Halligan made 11 saves in the loss, while Hannah Kohls stopped four shots to improve to 7-0 on the season. Belmont Abbey held a 28-11 advantage in shots and a 10-2 lead in corner kicks.
The Lady Falcons return to action on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. on NE Lefko Field when they take on Lees-McRae.