BELMONT, NC (October 14, 2006) – The Belmont Abbey women’s soccer team outshot Coker College 37-0, and freshman forward Erin Thibodeau gave the Crusaders the only goal it would need as it extended its unbeaten streak to nine and its winning streak to seven with a 1-0 win this afternoon. The Crusaders, which have shutout four of its last five opponents, improves to 12-3-1 overall and 8-1-1 in the CVAC, while the Cobras fall to 3-11-0 overall and 1-8-0 in the CVAC.
After a scoreless first half in which the Crusaders outshot Coker 18-0, Thibodeau gave the Abbey the only goal it would need in the 64th minute. Junior midfielder Stephanie Leotii fired a shot from 18 yards out that was deflected by Coker goalkeeper Krista Coleman to the center of the box. Thibodeau beat her mark, and fired a left-footed shot into the center of the box for her fifth goal of the year. Leotii picked up her fourth assist of the year.
The Abbey dominated the final stats, as it held a 15-0 advantage in corner kicks to go along with the 37 shots. The match was played cleanly, with Coker only whistled for five fouls and the Abbey three. Coleman made 17 saves on the afternoon, while Abbey senior goalkeeper Laisha Lentz, who was honored prior to the match on senior day, and Anna Donaldson did not face a shot.
The Abbey is back in action Thursday when it will host Lees-McRae at 2:00 p.m.