Belmont Abbey defeats Newberry in close soccer match

September 9, 2013

BELMONT, N.C. — Newberry freshman Graham Jermstad tallied his second goal in as many games on Saturday in Newberry’s 2-1 loss at Belmont Abbey.

“I was impressed by Belmont Abbey, especially the two goals from them,” said head coach Barry Slagle. “They had great energy, especially going forward.”

The Wolves (0-2) went on the attack early only to be whistled offside in the second minute. The two sides spent the following nine minutes looking to establish momentum, until Belmont Abbey (1-1) capitalized on its offensive opportunity in the 14th minute.

After Newberry senior Patrick Sweatt stopped a shot from Conor Wells, Belmont Abbey’s Mark Wallace sent a ball toward the goal mouth that clipped the post and slipped past Sweatt for the first goal of the afternoon. The Crusaders attacked one again in the 23rd minute as Mark Dandanell tallied from inside the 18.

It was shortly after the Crusaders’ second goal when Jermstad set-up over a free kick from just outside the penalty area and netted his second goal of the season.

“It was great to see Graham get his second tally of the year,” Slagle said. “We are still trying to find our bite and our competitive edge to finish out games.”

Neither team was able to establish an attack for the remainder of the opening period, as the two teams combined for 16 fouls and only three shots after Jermstad’s 24th minute strike.

The second half opened with the two sides exchanging offensive opportunities, including another attempt from Jermstad which was blocked by the Belmont Abbey defense. Jermstad was also responsible for the Wolves’ final scoring chance as he saw his shot turned away by Crusaders’ goalkeeper Kyle Searles in the 77th minute.

Newberry outshot Belmont Abbey in the second period, despite neither team finding the back of the net.

Jermstad finished the day with three shots, including two on frame. Sophomore Bennett Murphy and freshman Jalin Butler posted three shots between the two of them. Sweatt recorded four saves on the afternoon.

Newberry returns home Wednesday and will host Lander at 4 p.m. at Smith Road Complex.