Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Freshman Kiara Montenegro netted the first two goals of her collegiate career Saturday to lift the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Belmont Abbey Saturday evening at Tate Field. The victory improves the Bobcats' record to 2-7-2 overall and 2-2-2 in league tilts.
Belmont Abbey began the scoring Saturday with an interesting goal in the 13th minute. The Crusaders passed the ball into the box where a scrum of players were located. The ball bounced off a Bobcat defender and rolled past Lees-McRae's goalkeeper Alexis Feely to give BAC a quick 1-0 advantage.
Montenegro would even the score at one a piece in the 57th minute when she took a long outlet pass from Feely and took a long shot that hit the upper left-hand corner of the goal. Montenegro would then win the match for the Bobcats in the third minute of overtime as she got the rebound off a shot from fellow freshman Tegan Dean that hit the post and put it past the Crusader goalkeeper.
Feely, who made seven saves in the win, picked up her second win of the season in goal for the Bobcats moving her record to 2-6-2. The victory brings her career total to 13, which is tied for the tenth-most by any Bobcat net-minder in the history of the program.
Lees-McRae will look to make it two wins in a row when it returns to the pitch Wednesday when it travels to Limestone. Kickoff between the Bobcats and Saints is set for 5 p.m. from Gaffney, S.C.