Belmont Abbey forward Erin Thibodeau recorded her first career hat trick as the Crusaders extended its unbeaten streak to ten and its winning streak to nine as it shutout the Lees-McRae Lady Bobcats 4-0 this afternoon in Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference play.
Erin Kolb got the Crusader started with a goal in the 27th minute on a penalty kick. The teams would go into halftime with the Crusader up 1-0 on Kolb's goal. Thibodeau would score her first of the game in the 51st minute off a cross from Stephanie Leotti. Thirteen minutes later, Thibodeau would strike again when Kolb fed her a pass in the center of the box, burying a shot past Lady Bobcats keeper Anita Hekman. In the 68th minute, Thibodeau recorded her first career hat trick after Lauren Strebler fired pass ahead to Thibodeau. Thibodeau beat Hekman to the ball and tapped the ball past the sprawled keeper.
The Crusaders outshoot Lees-McRae 28-2, as Kolb led the way with eight shots. Leotti and Thibodeau added four. Hekman (pictured) collected 15 saves while Abbey goalkeeper Anna Wells made one before giving way to Laisha Lentz in the 68th minute.
The Abbey improves to 13-3-1 overall and completes the CVAC regular season with a 9-1-1 mark, while the Bobcats fall to 5-10-1 overall and 2-7-1 in the CVAC.
The Lady Bobcats will close out the regular season with a game at Barton College Saturday October 21st.