|September 01, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BAC||NBY|
|Shots (on Goal)||18 (10)||12 (5)|
NEWBERRY-- The Wolves were knocked off by the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey Friday afternoon in a tough 4-0 loss.
The Wolves (0-1) went on the attack from the outset, launching three shots in the first three minutes to put early pressure on the Crusaders (1-0), including an effort from Till Neumann that glanced off the left post. Belmont Abbey's first attacking sequence of the half produced its first goal, when a Crusader was taken down inside the box with a hard tackle. Juan Villa converted from the spot on the ensuing penalty kick to give the visitors a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the contest.
The Crusaders extended their lead in the waning moments of the first half. With time dwindling down, Belmont Abbey's Patrick Kibler was awarded a free kick that he launched 23 yards just inside the top left corner of the goal and doubled the score.
"This was a poor performance across the board. We had a successful preseason and a good week of preparation, but couldn't seem to get anything going today," stated head coach Bryce Cooper.
The second half did not present either team with many scoring chances until the Crusaders found the back of the net twice in the last three minutes. Aaron Madison raced into the midfield and lob the ball over the Newberry defense and into the goal from 40 yards out. Less than three minutes later, the Crusaders were back on the board with their fourth goal of the afternoon.
Cooper said, "Our work rate and desire were lacking throughout and Belmont Abbey capitalized off our mistakes and punished us for it. We have to remember that it's just one game and it doesn't define us".
The Wolves' Bradley Dixon finished the game with six saves, while teammate Daniel Reyes tallied two shots with both of them being on goal. Corner kicks were a norm in the matchup with Newberry taking nine on the afternoon. The Wolves were outshot by the Crusaders 5-10, only shooting on goal for five shots.
"We need to bounce back quickly and have a good few days of practice to get ready for a good USC Aiken side. I believe in this group and know they will respond the right way," stated Cooper.
The Wolves head on the road for the next four matchups, starting with USC Aiken on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. They follow the contest with away games against Francis Marion, Coker and Carson-Newman.