NEWBERRY – Despite outshooting the visiting Crusaders of Belmont Abbey, the Newberry men’s soccer team fell 1-0 on a second half penalty kick.
Newberry played in their final nonconference matchup of the season before their do or die matchup with Tusculum on Friday. The Wolves outshot Belmont Abbey 16-13 and held a decisive edge in a 6-2 in shots on goal.
The best two chances for Newberry came during the second half. In the 58th minute, Junior forward Lucas Ferreira (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) got a ball at the top of the box, beat a defender and got in along with the keeper who slid in to save his shot.
Just four minutes later, Belmont Abbey scored their goal off a penalty kick after freshman defender Quincy Kroeschell (Charlotte, N.C.) tripped up a Crusader in the box. Clay Dimick stepped up to take the penalty and put it away in the lower corner.
The second chance for Newberry came Sophomore defender Michael McPeak (Chapel Hill, N.C.) got a cross at the back post that had the keeper beat but his one touch finish hit the side netting in the 77th minute.
Senior goalkeeper Nick Lucido (Lakeland, Fla.) only had to face two shots and made one save. Ferreira led the Wolves with four shots followed by Bennett Murphy (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Sam Lacey (Adelaide, SA, Australia) who each had three.
Newberry take the field again Friday night at Tusculum in their final regular season game that will determine if their season continues in the SAC conference tournament or it ends.
The game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. in Greeneville, Tenn.