Belmont Abbey Runs Past Tampa to Remain Unbeaten

Belmont Abbey junior Shanin Darley scored four goals on six shots and classmate Katy Connery added three on five as Crusaders won its second-straight to begin the 2014 season with a 17-7 win over Tampa this afternoon. Belmont Abbey moves to 2-0, while Tampa, a first year program, falls to 0-3.

The Crusaders led 11-2 at the half as half of its shots found the back of the net. After Tampa knotted the score at one with 18:36 to go in the half, the Crusaders exploded for seven unanswered goals to pull away with an 8-1 lead.

Darley scored three of her four goals in the run, with MacKenzie Miller adding two. Jordan Hofmeister and Katelin Glass added the other.

Tampa momentarily halted the Abbey's run with a goal at the 3:27 mark, but the Crusaders closed the period with three goals in the final 1:10. Connery, Kassie Easter and Molly Schafer all scored, with Schafer's marker coming with 28 seconds remaining to give the Abbey an 11-2 halftime lead.

The second half was closely contested, as the Crusaders outscored Tampa 6-5. The two schools alternated goals for the first eight scores of the half until the Spartans netted back-to-back markers, but Tampa did not score again as the Crusaders closed the game with two unanswered, with Connery and Hofmeister closing the scoring.

Belmont Abbey outshot Tampa 37-19 and won the ground ball battle 39-23. Both teams won 13 draw controls.

Along with her three goals and two assists, Connery won seven draw controls and scooped up nine ground balls. She also caused three turnovers. Miller added three goals and an assist, and Easter scored two.

Defensively, Glass, Miller and Emily Smith all caused a pair of turnovers as the Crusaders totaled 12. Goalkeeper Reilly Johnson made eight saves.


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