|October 27, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|NBY||4:11||Brady Keeler (Courtlyn Warren )|
|Stats at a Glance||BAC||NBY|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (6)||12 (7)|
NEWBERRY – Two first half goals by Brady Keeler and Jessica Cooke led the Newberry College field hockey team (6-10) over Belmont Abbey (3-12) Thursday night by a score of 2-0 at Setzler Field. The Wolves extended their school record with their sixth win of the season.
Newberry scored quickly right out of the gate in the 5th minute. Keeler deflected a pass from Courtlyn Warren into the right side of the net to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead. Courtlyn Warren notched the assist on Keeler’s goal.
Newberry continued to apply pressure as they kept the ball on Belmont Abbey’s side of the field. Haley Smith’s shot was blocked by a Crusader defender. Cooke scooped up the loose ball and fired it in the left side of the net. Cooke’s goal gave Newberry a 2-0 lead it would not relinquish.
Belmont Abbey picked up the pace in the second half. Dakota Elzy made two saves to keep the Crusaders off the board. After a Belmont Abbey foul, Elise Utne stepped up to the penalty spot. Her shot pushed just wide right of the net.
The Crusaders looked for a goal towards the end of the contest. Elzy notched a save and two more Belmont Abbey shots sailed wide of the net as Newberry preserved the shutout in the closing minutes.
Caitlyn Warren notched three shots on goal. Elzy recorded six saves in the shutout victory. Demetria Barrow tallied four shots for Belmont Abbey. Anna Fleetwood saved five shots on the night.
Newberry hosts Mercy (6-10, 1-5 ECAC) Sunday at Noon with a postseason berth on the line. Newberry will also honor its first ever senior class Sunday at Setzler Field.