Tigerville, S.C.—A furious NGU comeback fell just short on Thursday afternoon at Pepsi Stadium, falling to Brevard College 14-8 in frigid conditions.
The Crusaders fell behind early in the opening period, as the Tornadoes took a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes of play. Brevard scored less than a minute into Thursday's non-conference showdown, as Anthony Alfonso found the back of the net with 14:01 left on the clock to take a 1-0 advantage.
The Tornadoes threatened to score again less than two minutes later, but a Brevard shot was turned away by starting keeper Will Thornton. BC would go up 3-0 after a second goal at 9:12, and a third with 7:56 left in the game. North Greenville would finally break through with 37 seconds left in the first. Dieter Treusdell would find the back of the net with an assist from Drew Wassenaar to cut Brevard's lead to 3-1.
A solid second period from the Tornado would find NGU in a bigger hole, after being outscored 4-1. The Tornados goals at the 12, nine, and seven minute marks would extend Brevard's cushion to 6-1. Drew Warren would pull North Greenville closer with an unassisted goal at 7:30, but Brevard would score final point of the half with a goal at 3:34, to take a 7-2 lead into halftime.
NGU's offense would find its rhythm in the second half, looking to earn its first win of the season in comeback fashion. Brevard would break the seal in the second half with its eight goal of the game, but North Greenville would respond quickly. Treusdell would put in his second goal of the game with 12:23 left in the third period to cut the lead to 8-3.
The two squads would trade goals for the final twelve minutes. Wssenaar would pock his second goal of the game for North Greenville, while Hunter Burgett made the score 10-5 in favor of Brevard. The Crusaders would once again give up the first goal of the period as the fourth quarter opened up, but NGU would respond with its best offensive rally of the season.
The Crusaders scored three consecutive goals, one from Treusdell and two from Wassenaar that would cut the lead to 11-8. Each would also pickup an assist during the three goal outburst. The North Greenville comeback would fall short however, as Brevard scored the next three goals to close out regulation, en route to a 14-8 win over NGU.
NGU's goalkeepers put together a solid performance on Thursday, racking up 14 saves compared to just 10 for Brevard. Thornton finished with 10 while Jared Stapleton accounted for four. The Crusaders were outshot 38-27 while ground balls were virtually even as Brevard collected 28 compared to 27 for North Greenville. Treusdell and Wassenaar both registered a hat trick for the Crusaders, Drew Warren and Hunter Burgett also scored a goal each. Wassenaar led NGU with two assists while Treusdell and Warren both had three ground balls.
North Greenville will take on Emmanuel College on February 24th in the first Conference Carolinas game in school history. The Crusaders and Lions will faceoff at 7pm in Franklin Springs, Georgia.