BANNER ELK, N.C. - Belmont Abbey's Connie Axiotis scored two goals on two shots as the Lady Crusaders defeated the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats 4-2 Tuesday night at Tate Field in a Conference Carolinas clash.
The match featured the top two teams in the conference against each other. With the loss, Lees-McRae falls to 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference, while The Abbey improve to 7-3 over and remain at number one with a 4-2 conference mark. Lees-McRae is now tied with Limestone for second in the conference.
The Abbey got on the scoreboard first in the first half when Nicole Voets scored on a free kick off a Lady Bobcat handball call in the 33rd minute.
The Abbey took the 1-0 lead into the intermission and added to it in the 74th minute when Rebecca Mateo to make it 2-0. Mateo took a throw-in from Kristin Foster and ripped a long shot for the goal.
Jessica O'Leary got the Lady Bobcats on the board three minutes later to cut the lead to 2-1. O'Leary received a through pass from Brooke Santerre as the Lady Crusader keeper slipped coming off her line to challenge the pass. O'Leary collected the pass and found the back of the net for the goal.
Axiotis scored her first goal in the 82nd minute when she dribbled down the middle of the field and ripped a shot far post to give The Abbey the 3-1 lead.
However, Lees-McRae answered again when Maribeth Novak cranked a 40-yard free kick over the keeper to cut the lead to one, 3-2.
But, Axiotis would seal the match in the 89th minute when she collected a loose ball and scored for the 4-2 win.
Kelsey Lovell made seven saves in net for Belmont Abbey in win, while Brittany Bolton made four saves for Lees-McRae.
The match was closely contested as The Abbey only held a slight advantage in shots 14-11 and in corners 3-1 over Lees-McRae.
Lees-McRae will travel to Anderson Saturday for their next match.