SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Converse College field hockey team dropped a tough 2-1 contest at the hands of Belmont Abbey College on Monday evening at Spartan High School. Poised for overtime, the Crusaders scored with just over three minutes remaining to stun the home crowd.
Belmont Abbey wasted no time jumping on the scoreboard as Abbeyâ€™s Mia Maminski posted her first collegiate goal just 46 seconds into the contest. However, that would be all the scoring in the first half as each defense buckled down.
Converse was able to put much pressure on the Crusader defense throughout the initial 35, but could not gain the equalizer against Paige Hinds, the net minder for BAC. The Valkyries missed a golden opportunity at the midpoint of the first half as Marina Montes-Nino gathered a pass into the box and tried to go high into the cage but was denied.
Converse outshot the Crusaders in the first half by a total of 5-3 and each team took three penalty corners each. Flore Samsi and Bo Linders tallied two shots each for CC, while Demetria Barrow led the Abbey with two shots of her own.
After a stalemate to begin the second half, Converse was finally able to breakthrough with the tying goal. Morgan Sudweeks grabbed a ball just left of center in the box and raised it high past Hinds into the back of the cage, knotting the contest at 1-1 with just over 26 minutes remaining in regulation.
Following two close encounters off penalty corners by the Crusaders, Converse was dealt a breakaway with 8:10 left on the clock, but was shut down just inside the arc and the score remained 1-1 late in the contest.
That missed opportunity for the Valkyries proved to be detrimental as Belmont Abbeyâ€™s Madison Ensley took a ball off a deflection and pushed past Ciriaca Petitto in goal to give BAC the lead at 2-1 and eventually the win.
Petitto suffered yet another tough loss, falling to 0-3 on the year as she played all 70 minutes, while Paige Hinds improved to 2-0 on the year.
Converse will be back in action on Saturday, September 9 as it travels to Belmont Abbey for a return trip. That contest is slated to begin at 10 a.m.